The packed venue made it look like USAf had underestimated attendee numbers. But the group actually included an overflow of individuals who could not attend similar events earlier in October, due to pressing work schedules. Having completed Part One of the Foundations of Leadership/Management Programme for Heads of Schools and Academic Departments, October 29-30 was the participants’ last chance in 2019 to complete Part Two of this intervention. Everyone had therefore striven to be here.

This Foundations Programme is being offered by the Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) programme, one of two Universities South Africa (USAf) programmes predominantly funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training’s University Capacity Development Programme.