The University of Newcastle, Australia

elamp lights up career paths

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Congratulations to the 35 participants who successfully completed the 2015 Emerging Leaders and Managers Program. Developed by the LH Martin Institute in conjunction with the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), this year-long program aims to enhance the leadership capability of our staff to deliver on NeW Futures in the current and rapidly changing tertiary education environment.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen congratulated participants last week on their completion of the program and spoke about eLAMP being critical in building leadership capability across the organisation to deliver on our 2025 Vision and in developing our next academic and professional leaders.

Aligned to the UON Leadership Framework, the program has enabled participants (at HEW levels 6-8 and Academic Levels B-C) to develop critically reflective skills and gain insights into themselves as well as an understanding of the different leadership styles needed to build and lead high performing teams. Participants have also developed a greater understanding of the tertiary education landscape including the complex internal and external drivers influencing the sector and how to appropriately respond to them.

eLAMP has also contributed to career moves for several participants including higher level positions, secondment opportunities and academic promotion. Several participants are also progressing on to complete the workbased capstone project with a view to undertaking the LH Martin postgraduate programs, including the Masters in Tertiary Education Management.

Feedback from 2015 graduates

The e-lamp program has complimented my technical academic expertise with a 'big picture' strategic understanding of the global higher education sector. It has provided me with the needed knowledge and resources to take the initiative, and guide my personal and career development while mentoring others. On this basis, I recommend that interested colleagues enrol in the program for 2016

Dr Richard Oloruntoba, Senior Lecturer & Assistant Program Convenor, Newcastle Business School.

I found eLAMP relevant and interesting. Having the time to reflect on your role or better ways of managing or dealing with situations was incredibly valuable. Being able to meet different staff from around the University was one of the best parts of the program. What I took away most from the program was a greater sense of accountability and an increase in confidence. It's easy to get caught up in the business of everyday work, so eLAMP was a great opportunity to step back and see what I can do better or differently in my role. eLAMP has given me a greater awareness of the tertiary education sector and highlighted areas that I need to work on and improve. The ability to also move on to post-graduate study with credit from the program is also a bonus.

Alexandra Richardson, Digital Resources and Communication Officer
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, Academic Division

Through eLAMP I have learnt to think of higher education as a profession, in a way that I didn't before undertaking the program. I better understand the complexities of working in higher ed, and the factors that have contributed to the context we find ourselves operating in today. In a very positive way, eLAMP also pushed me to examine my own strengths and weaknesses, and the way I relate to other people. It has encouraged me to continue reflecting on those capabilities as I develop my career. One of the strongest assets of the program was the opportunity to learn from my peers, who had a range of experiences in different roles and at different levels across the university. The program is designed so that you get out what you put in, and it's definitely worth making the commitment.

Jenny Walker, Project Officer
Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor's Division

Register your interest for 2016

We're delighted to announce that eLAMP will be offered again during 2016 as part of our suite of Leadership Development initiatives. To express interest in the 2016 eLAMP cohort, please complete the attached application form and return to by Friday 5th February 2016. This program is in high demand and places are limited so to avoid disappointment, please get your application in as soon as possible.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 2nd February from 12.30pm-1.30pm in EF122, if you'd like to drop-in to find out more about the program. Alternatively, please contact Sarah-Jane Tasker from Human Resource Services on x15379 for any additional information.

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