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Developing Leaders for Estates functions within Higher Education

Date - 19th - 20th September 2018

Location - University of Stirling 

Price - In the region of £750 per delegate which will include teas/coffees/meals and overnight accommodation for Wednesday and Thursday. Delegates will be encouraged to attend the SAUDE Dinner and Conference on Friday 21st September. 

To register your interest and for booking details please email Louise Cowie – louise.cowie@stir.ac.uk

*Please note, numbers will be limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.*


To introduce key leadership skills and their application within current University Estates’ environments


The role of the Director of Estates is changing; students are demanding ever more sophisticated facilities, the development and re purposing of our buildings is becoming a key enabler to changes in pedagogy and universities are becoming increasingly influential in the redevelopment of our cities. Nowadays, the Director of Estates cannot just be a subject matter expert, but also needs to provide leadership, be a change ambassador and to have the capability to work effectively in complex political environments within the department, the University and outside. It is hoped that this event will help those aspiring to the role of Director of Estates to discuss some of the key skills required and to start to identify their personal areas for development in preparation for leadership.


Day 1 (half day)

What is Leadership and why is it important?

14.00 – 14.10 – Introduction to Event – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

14.10 - 14.45 – Senior Management view on the role of Director of Estates – Video Presentation 

  • HE context & challenges
  • Role of Estates function within a university
  • Role of Director of Estates
  • Challenges to the role of Director of Estates
  • Changes to the role of Director of Estates
  • The future of Estates within the Higher Education Sector

14.45 – 15.45 – The political and funding context – Martin Kirkwood, Head of Infrastructure and Low Carbon, SFC and David Lott, Universities Scotland 

  • What is funding context
  • Future of funding context
  • Challenges to the sector – Brexit etc.

15.45 – 16.00 - Break

16.00 – 16.45 – Politics & politics – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

  • Role of the University in shaping a city
  • Responsibility of heritage and development
  • Relationship with the city council
  • Relationship with the rest of the University
  • Dealing with the politics

16.45 – 17.00Wrap up of Day 1 & signpost to evening & day 2 – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

18.30 – 19.15 – Drinks & Networking session – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

19.30 – 21.00 – Dinner with guided networking discussion – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

Day 2 (full day)

09.00 – 09.10 – Intro to day – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

09.10 – 10.00 - What is leadership? – VA Consultants 

  • What does leadership mean these days?
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Leadership skills required by senior leaders
  • Discussion and debate on who people find inspiring leaders and why, how do they want to be perceived – may be if there is funding also a Hogan study as a great tool for people to find out how their leadership can shift when they are under pressure? 

10.00 – 10.45 – My Career - Director of Estates -  Ann Allen, Director of Estates, University of Glasgow

  • Career path
  • Skills they use now as opposed to professional background
  • Critical learning points/Biggest mistake and how they dealt with it
  • How they have gone about personal development – understanding self

10.45 – 11.00 - Break

11.00 – 11.30 - Change Management - Stella Matko, Director Estates Services, University of Strathclyde 

  • The Association of Project Management defines Change Management as: ‘Change Management is a structured approach to moving an organisation from the CURRENT state to a desired FUTURE state using process, tools and techniques to manage the PEOPLE side of change to achieve the required outcome.

  • Change involves practical and psychological factors, so managing change in a structure and controlled manner is essential for outcomes to be realised.

  • This session will cover ‘Process, tools and techniques’

11.30 – 12.15 - Moving to the New Campus - Change case study - Steve Scott, Director of Campus & Commercial Services , Queen Margaret University

12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 – Case Study exercise - Zoe Stephens, University of Edinburgh 

14.30 – 15.00 – AUDE and the Sector – Panel session: Ann, Colin, Stella and Steve 

  • The importance of AUDE
  • Working together in the sector
  • Key skills for a Director of Estates be in 5/10 years’ time

15.00 – 15.30 – Break

15.30 – 16.00 - Reflection on the event & identifying personal development – VA Consultants 

Facilitated discussion on what has been discussed

  • What areas are new to people & what do they want to learn more about?
  • What opportunities are there to develop?
  • Can people offer exchanges between Universities?
  • What else could SAUDE support?

Work on personal development plan actions coming out of this event

  • How much do you understand yourself?
  • What skills/competencies do you need to invest in now?
  • What projects can you get involved in at work that will support your development needs?

16.00 – 17.00 - Launch of the mentoring opportunity - Ann Allen and Stella Matko 

  • What mentoring is about, how can it help and next steps

 Close and SAUDE Conference Dinner 



L&D discussion board

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