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 Bailbook House, Bath

Bailbrook House, Bath

South West Institutions' Middle Manager Programme (SWIMM)

A regional management programme for middle managers working in Higher Education (HE).


Wednesday 11 April until Friday 13 April 2018

This is a residential course, with registration at 9.30am on Wednesday and departure at 1pm on Friday. 


Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath BA1 7JD


SWIMM Project Team

About this course

SWIMM is a three day, residential programme; an unique and innovative course designed to allow middle managers working in South West universities to network with peers in similar roles across the sector.

The programme has been developed to allow middle managers the opportunity to reflect on their role and to further develop some key management skills and techniques needed in today’s universities. Past participants have enjoyed the opportunity to liaise and network with peers in similar roles from across the sector and gain exposure to a wider range of practices in the region.

Who should do this programme?

The programme is aimed at ‘middle’ managers (Grades 7 - 8)  new to role or who would like to further develop their management skills. As work-based projects are a significant part of the programme it will not be appropriate for anyone other than managers already in post. Places are limited.

It is aimed at staff in the following job families: Management, Specialist, Administrative; Operational and Facilities Support; Technical and Experimental. It is likely that the roles and responsibilities of participants will cover most of the following:

  • Appointment, development and motivation of team members
  • Managing performance, sickness and absence of staff
  • Providing leadership and direction for one or more teams
  • Taking and implementing decisions within the team/unit/ Dept./School/ University
  • Collaboration with peers and senior staff within and outside the University
  • Managing projects within the department. or across the University
  • Continuous improvement - seeking ways to meet customer’s needs, improve systems and processes
  • Contribution to the strategic planning and development of the Dept./University

If you do not fit these criteria, please read our conditions and advice about eligibility for management development programmes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme you will have:

  • Furthered your understanding of the context in which Higher Education Institutes operate by networking with managers undertaking similar roles in the sector 
  • Looked at the way in which you see yourself as a manager, your management style, and the ways in which people work together in teams and are motivated to perform 
  • Developed management tools and techniques which can be applied back in your own place of work 
  • Considered a range of management skills affecting your work and created strategies for your own development 
  • Worked as a team member on a work-based mini-project 
  • Considered your personal development needs, completed a learning diary

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

This course will also help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:


Please note that attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours; you will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.     

Cost: £730 (2018 programme) 

Please note that this is an external course and all course costs would need to be funded by your department.

Fee includes all course materials; a 24-page individualised profile; a 3 day residential stay (2 nights' accommodation and all meals included).  The cost does not include travel to and from events nor additional overnight stays. 

This represents excellent value for money. On the open market similar residential programmes might cost £2500.  We are able to keep our costs low as the facilitators give their services for free.

NB: To get the full benefit from this intensive programme, there will be some team working on one of the evenings and a social event on the other. So, delegates will be expected to stay overnight i.e. there is no day delegate rate. 

Comments from previous delegates

  • “Great opportunity to gain a wider perspective, to challenge yourself, to address issues, to think through approaches, to meet others, to stretch yourself.”
  • “Very well organised, fun and interactive learning experience and opportunity for networking with other middle managers”
  • "The course has been absolutely fantastic. A wonderful opportunity to stop and critically reflect on my management skills. It has been wonderful to meet colleagues from across SW and to have the opportunity to share experiences. I will take back to the workplace a renewed sense of enthusiasm and a number of new techniques"
  • “I highly recommend this course, great opportunity for reflection & analysis. Presenters are excellent & structure of course made me feel valued & appreciated and worthy of investment. I would like others to gain this as I’m sure it will have a lasting impact.”
  • “To be away from my day job and allow myself time to think is wonderful. I now have a clear idea of how to plan and do tasks I have been putting off.
  • “Lovely venue. Real treat.”
  • “I think it will make a HUGE difference to how I manage my team & support them so they are happier & we are productive in the right way.”
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Registration: April 2018 programme

To apply for a place on this programme please complete and return the nomination form and email to The closing date is 5.00pm, Tuesday 31 October 2017.

As places are limited, please note that completion of the nomination form does not guarantee a place. We will confirm places as soon as possible.