The HELM Foundations of Leadership (FoL) is an online two-part programme for University Managers in administration divisions who are either in senior and middle management positions. These include Directors, Deputy Directors, and Heads of all administrative or support divisions in universities. The purpose of FoL University Managers is to imbue participants with information on and a deeper understanding of, the overall policy, strategy, transformation, people management and institutional challenges of the higher education sector. The objectives of FoL for University Managers are as follows:

  • Develop an informed perspective on the challenges facing university management in a complex and changing higher education environment.
  • Promote the development of creative problem solving through expert input, self-reflection, case studies and group interaction.
  • Introduce skills that should contribute to proactive and effective management leadership at your University.
  • Formally and informally engage with other participants, through the sharing of experiences and the exchanging of ideas, in support of both personal and institutional development.

The FoL for University Managers programme is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training through the University Capacity Development Grant and is therefore offered at no charge to the public university sector. However, participants need to attend and complete the entire 2 I/2 day programme. Please note that this programme is for University Managers only and HELM offers a different Foundations of Leadership for Heads of Academic Departments and Schools. You may only select and register for one of the Part 1 dates provided in the links below. Please download the authorisation form when you are registering. The form needs to be signed by your line manager. Please note that Part 1 must be completed before proceeding to Part 2. Registration links for Part 2 will be provided in due course. You may direct any queries on the FoL University Managers programme to

Register here.