Explore - Leading and Managing in DCU

EXPLORE - Leading and Managing in DCU

Here you'll find everything you need to know about EXPLORE, DCU's new staff Leadership and Management Programme.

DCU People's leadership programme will give you a solid understanding of how you are perceived as a manager and leader in the context of your position in DCU. 

The programme demonstrates the behaviours needed to create an environment where colleagues are inspired to bring their best to work and where teamwork and trust are strengthened to create a cohesive, positive and creative environment. 

Multi-tiered in design, the programme helps colleagues develop into effective and visionary leaders capable of maximising team performance, driving long-term university success and navigating the challenges of a constantly changing environment.

This highly-practical programme, designed in collaboration with DCU colleagues and experts in leadership, runs from September '23 to May '24.

Who is the programme for?

All colleagues leading and managing teams in DCU, regardless of whether you have previously completed leadership programmes inside or outside the university.

At a glance

Increase your self-confidence and effectiveness

Understand your personal strengths and how to use them to deliver high performance

Master a range of leadership tools and techniques

Enhance your ability to handle difficult situations, influence others and build relationships

Understand change and how to navigate it

Explore workshop timeline

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Module 1 - Self Awareness, Emotional Intelligence

28th Sept 23, 9.30-17.00

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Module 2 - Forms of Leadership

9th Nov 23, 9.30-13.00

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Module 3 - Managing People, Development & Growth, Engagement

23rd, 24th, 25th Jan 24(Choice of days), 9.30-17.00

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Module 4 - Leading Change, Adaptability

7th Mar 24 - 9.30-13.00

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Module 5 - Managing Performance, Accountability, Expectations

09th, 10th, 11th Apr 24 (Choice of days) 9.30-13.00 

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Module 6 - Decision Making, Future Planning, Values

28th May '24, 9.30-17:00

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Learning Methods

Work with peers from a variety of schools, departments and research centres to develop your leadership skills through shared experiences

Enjoy best-in-class learning experience with mixture of group sizes, action and peer learning, Insights work, role playing with actors and more

Access Resource Pools for each module

Have 1:1 coaching to help you achieve the most from the programme

How to Apply 

Assessment Criteria 

A limited number of places will be available for the 2023/2024 intake of Explore. To be eligible for the programme you must be an existing manager/leader within the University. 

As this is a cohort programme, places may be limited based on a number of factors including:

  • The number of other applicants from the same area (to ensure a good spread of colleagues across the university).
  • A good balance of Professional, Academic and Research staff. 
  • A good balance of seniority/leadership experience.

This will ensure the best possible learning experience for all colleagues. 

Applying for EXPLORE

To apply for the programme, please complete this Application Form by Friday 15th Sept 2023 (extended)