University of Bath

South West Institutions' Middle Manager Programme (SWIMM)

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

When this course runs

Date: Wednesday March 6th to Friday March 8th 2019

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

Venue: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath BA1 7JD

Presenter(s): 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 (Grades 7 - 8) 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.

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)

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

  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Engaging with the wider context
  • Developing self and others

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: £795 (2019 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.

Who should attend this programme

The programme is aimed at ‘middle’ managers (Grades 7 - 8) generally new to role with a year or less management experience. 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

Register to attend the programme

March 2019 programme

Nominations/bookings for the March 2019 programme are now open.

Please download and complete the nomination form below and return to staffdev@bath.ac.uk by 5pm Wednesday 17th October 2018.