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MLA (Managers & Leaders in Action) Programme 2020/21

A summary so that you can check whether this course meets your development needs.

Course overview

A great opportunity for those in management roles from any job family to develop their leadership and management knowledge, skills and behaviours and put learning into action.


The Managers and Leaders in Action (MLA) Programme is designed to develop your leadership and management knowledge, skills and behaviours. It is ideal for those with responsibility for people management and translating organisational strategy into effective performance. You will probably be a few years into your management career and looking to enhance your practice and have a greater impact. The programme is highly interactive and you will put your learning into action, working on a strategically important project that you will identify and deliver over the course of the programme. Previous participants projects have focused on setting up a new research group, developing and implementing a new procurement strategy, and maximising research impact.

The programme is delivered from June 2020 to March 2021 using the 70:20:10 learning model:
70% experiential (based around your own project with additional support)
20% social (happens with and through your colleagues)
10% formal (through structured workshops)


Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the programme you will have:


  • Identified and engaged key stakeholders in the implementation of a strategically important project
  • Developed further the core leadership and management skills of thinking strategically about tasks and relationships; leading and developing teams and projects; building influential relationships; engaging others in change and improvement; problem solving
  • Increased awareness of your personal strengths, leadership styles and development needs and of the options for responding to situations you find challenging
  • Increased your ability to maximise the social learning available from your peers
  • A supportive peer network

Previous participants have particularly valued the dedicated time and space to focus on leadership and management, the opportunity to develop relationships across the University and the opportunity to reflect on their learning and put new approaches into practice.

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas. This course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:


  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Developing self and others
  • Embracing change
  • Using resources
  • Working with people
  • Delivering excellent service
  • Achieving results
  • Finding innovative solutions
  • Engaging with the bigger picture

How to apply

Find out how to apply for the programme


To apply for the programme, complete the online application form and request a supporting statement from your manager.

Applications close on 30th March 2020 and places will be confirmed by 27th April 2020.

Contact us

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