Dates and Venues

Day One: 13 February 2020 - 09:30-14:00 (Lunch from 13:00)
The Council room, 170, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5HF.

Day Two: 25 March 2020 - 09:30-17:00 (Coffee from 09:00. Dinner at the hotel at 18:30)
The Crowne Plaza London Kensington, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER

Day Three: 26 March 2020 - 09:30-17:00 (Coffee from 09:00)
The Crowne Plaza London Kensington, 100 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ER

This is an invitation-only event based on HoD nominations, however if you would like to find out more about other leadership programmes at Imperial, please visit our website or email:

Welcome to the Academic Leadership Programme (ALP)

This 3-day programme is hosted by the Faculty of Natural Sciences in partnership with the Learning and Development Centre. The programme is designed to support Imperial staff to become successful leaders in academia.

Tom WeltonWelcome from Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

"I am delighted to announce the fourth year of the Academic Leadership Programme, commencing in February 2020, following a successful pilot in 2017. The Faculty of Natural Science’s staff strategy is to recruit the very best scientists and mathematicians and to help them to achieve their full potential.  To achieve this, we need to develop and support our diverse community of staff to succeed across research, education and operations. I am very pleased to also welcome colleagues from the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine onto the programme.
We developed this programme in close consultation with Heads of Department and other senior academics across the Faculty and the course structure has been designed around the behaviours and attributes of successful leaders in academia.  The course will take the form of a half-day workshop, followed by a two-day residential course, for 18 academic staff from across the College. I and my colleagues across the College will be involved in the delivery of the course and I am excited about welcoming the fourth round of delegates in February.

Sessions Overview

  • Explore personal leadership styles and how to flex according to context
  • Understand motivation models, and discuss how to use influence effectively 
  • Consider techniques to get the best out of others
  • Develop and practice skills in dealing with difficulty and conflict at work
  • Hear from senior academics about their leadership experiences
  • Share experience and learning with peers across the College

Pre-programme development options:

We want to tailor this programme as much as possible to current individual needs and preferences. Delegates are asked to choose one of three development options to take place before Day One.


Option one: MBTI survey

One option to choose before the programme is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator survey (MBTI). This is a tool that is commonly used at Imperial to examine personality type as a means to reflect on personal development an interaction with others.

This option will be useful if you are interested in gaining some self-awareness into how your personality style and motivations might impact others, and vice versa.

What is an MBTI?

What next:

If you sign up for this option you will receive an email from OPP (an external company) asking you to complete a quick survey. You will then be contacted by a member of the LDC team to set up a meeting for your debrief.

MBTI 1-1 debrief. Following completion of the survey you will receive a 1:1 debriefing session. This will be with a member of the LDC team and will last an hour. Your survey report, and anything discussed in the room will be treated with confidentiality.

Option two: 360 feedback

You can choose the option of undertaking a 360 survey as part of the preparation for this programme. 
This option will be useful if you are interested in better understanding the views of the people you work with about your behaviours and abilities.

What is 360 feedback?

What next:

If you sign up for this option you will be sent an email from Amazure that will prompt you to complete your own ‘self’ survey and to nominate people to give you feedback. We would encourage you to try to include as broad a range of people as possible, while also bearing in mind that people will need to know you reasonably well. The key thing to bear in mind is that these surveys are for your own development and to get the most out of the process you should select all of the people who you have to work with on a regular basis, even if you suspect that their feedback might be challenging.  

Option three: Coaching workshop

This option will be useful if you are interested in better understanding how a coaching style works, and how to use it in interaction with people that you manage and/or develop.

What is coaching? Please see Coaching at Imperial

This workshop is designed to provide an introductory framework to coaching theory and practice for leaders with little formal training in this area. This 2.5 hour workshop will be held in the afternoon of 08 January 2020 - 14:00-16:30 (please ensure you can attend this date if you want to select this option).

What next:

If you sign up for this option you will receive an invitation to the workshop in the afternoon of 08 January 2020 - 14:00-16:30.