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Human Resources

Human Resources

University Leadership and Management Programme (ULM) 

DCU's Unique, Accredited Blended Learning 

Course Code: DCU050

This course is now full for 2020

Developed by HR Learning and Development, this blended learning programme supports academic staff appointed to leadership positions in DCU, and staff who are considering taking up leadership or management roles. The programme addresses the theory and practice of leadership and management, placing it in the context of DCU.



Programme at a Glance:

- 6 online courses

- 21 hours of online learning

- 5 group workshops

- Runs over a 4-month period

The programme is delivered in a flipped-classroom environment, with learners sent targeted lessons ahead of workshops and complete quizzes at the end of each lesson. It's supported by the latest research on learning, which demonstrates that blended learning tends to outperform classroom-based learning by relatively large magnitudes.




Five two-hour workshops (11.00 am - 1.00 pm) support our blended approach. Full details of the workshops will be available at the Briefing Session to be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020 from 1-2pm.

 Workshop 1: Leadership and Management  - Wednesday 11th March 2020
 Workshop 2: Organisational Culture and Change  - Wednesday 1st April 2020
 Workshop 3: Strategic Planning - Wednesday 29th April 2020
 Workshop 4: Managing People -Wednesday 27th May 2020

 Workshop 5: Managing Resources - Wednesday 17th June 2020

Target Audience:

  • Academics who have been appointed to leadership positions e.g. Head of School, Associate Dean
  • Academics considering taking up leadership and/or management roles in the future
  • Managers of departments, sections and centres
  • Managers who wish to further enhance their leadership and management skills. 

 Course Aims:

  • Address the theory and practice of leadership and management in universities
  • Explore how to become an effective leader and manager in a university setting
  • Better appreciate university cultures, change and conflict
  • Explore effective strategic planning
  • Identify how to play a key role in people management
  • Gain a better understanding of resource management

After completing this programme participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate how management and leadership in universities differ from those of other organisations
  • Apply a number of principles and techniques to increase effectiveness in an academic environment
  • Gain greater insight into how and why appropriate leadership and management can promote collegiality, build trust, improve motivation and the accountability of a school/department. 

Course Fee: €150

To find out more about this online programme, please contact either Martin Leavy, Learning & Development Manager (ext 5147) or Susan Hawkins, Learning and Development Officer (ext 6985).