Developing Leaders at DCU
HR Learning and Development helps build DCU’s leadership capacity by providing multiple opportunities for those with the ambition and potential to progress. DCU’s Strategic Plan specifically calls out Talent Development as a goal with a number of asssociated initiatives, including the expansion of our Leadership and Management Programme and our Mentoring Programme.
The ULM is a blended learning programme, unique to DCU, that supports academic staff appointed to leadership positions or aspiring to leadership positions in the university. The programme explores the theory and practice of leadership and management through online learning coupled with interactive workshops, where participants learn from each other's experiences.
Launched in November 2015, the Women in Leadership at DCU initiative is a series of talks and seminars designed to realise the vision of DCU as a University that explicitly values women as leaders. The series features a range of high profile successful women leaders who will share their stories including the challenges they faced in becoming role models. Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Prof Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford have been among the speakers.
All great leaders have mentors - and mentees. Mentoring accelerates leadership development and readiness and, to this end, Learning and Development facilitate a formal mentoring scheme that matches mentors and mentees within DCU. The scheme is available to academic, research and administrative staff.
The Collaborative Knowledge Exchange for Learning Impact – or, simply, Crannóg – is a National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning project, which aims to support the professional development of those colleagues in roles such as Head of School/Department, Dean, etc. The project involves a series of workshops and seminars specifically designed to support heads and deans on aspects of leadership of teaching & learning, and the building of digital capacity/capability. In addition, Crannóg is creating a selection of resources to support the staff beyond the workshops and seminars.
A novel aspect of the programme is DCU's REVERSE MENTORING PILOT, which matches Heads and Deans with student mentors who introduce them to the apps and sites that they use to find and create learning and knowledge. So far the programme has recieved excellent feedback from those involved. For more information on Crannóg or to get inolved in our Reverse Mentoring pilot, contact Helena McCanney firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to combat the issue of the under-representation of women in senior posts in the higher education sector, Aurora is a hugely popular leadership development programme for women. Designed by the Leadership Foundation in the UK, participants are matched with mentors as they progress through the programme.