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Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

The key guide to designing and delivering courses, 1st Edition

By Doug Parkin


250 pages

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Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education brings together contemporary ideas on leadership, engagement and student learning into a practical solutions-based resource designed for those undertaking the challenge of leading a university-level teaching module, programme or suite of programmes, particularly through periods of transformation or change. It encourages both first time academic leaders and those who have held teaching leadership roles for some time to review and formalise their development in a systematic, simple way and acts as a framework for navigating the opportunities and challenges involved in inspiring shared purpose, strong commitment and innovation in higher education teaching.

With a clear focus on the energy of leadership rather than the practice of management, and with a strong emphasis on collaborative engagement running throughout, this books offers:

  • Insightful guidance which is not bound to subject-specific requirements, making it relevant across the spectrum of course offerings at any one institution.
  • An enabling, people-focussed foundation for leadership.
  • Tools and frameworks which can be readily applied or adapted for the reader.
  • A focus on core elements of teaching leadership, such as design, delivery, assessment and building a programme team.
  • A flexible and pragmatic approach to leadership which avoids a definitive approach, instead encouraging a dynamic method of engaging leadership.
  • Values that assert that leadership and learning go hand-in-hand.
  • A wide-ranging discussion of leadership theories, ideas and values related to the university context.

This book puts forward a multifaceted model of programme leadership and links this to a scaffolding of key attributes, skills and qualities that fit the environment of leading learning and teaching in the university. Particularly interested readers will be those beginning to lead teaching in a university setting as well as those who have been leading programme teams and the wider provision of teaching for some time wanting to enhance their skills and perspective.


Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education has a lot to offer. Its engaging structure involves the reader in responding to the book’s challenges interactively and guides teaching practitioners in their journey to become academic leaders in education. It is refreshing in its attempt to develop first-time leaders by taking them through the practical steps of reflective practice by questioning action and stimulating self-evaluation and regulation.

Dr Erika Corradini SFHEA, Senior Teaching Fellow in Academic Practice, Centre for Higher Education Practice, University of Southampton UK

Table of Contents

1. Leadership – there really is another way. 2. A Model of Programme Leadership. 3. Management and Leadership. 4. Leading with Influence. 5. Understanding Your Brief. 6. Leading Course Design. 7. Leading Assessment and Feedback. 8. Leading Course Delivery. 9. Leading Engagement. 10. Leading Yourself. Appendix 1. The Programme Leadership Model: self-assessment questionnaire. Appendix 2. The Change Journey: emotional responses to change – some possible leadership actions.

About the Author

Doug Parkin is Programme Director at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), and was previously Head of Staff and Educational Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London), UK.

About the Series

Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education

This indispensable series is aimed at new lecturers, postgraduate students who have teaching time, Graduate Teaching Assistants, part-time tutors and demonstrators, as well as experienced teaching staff who may feel it’s time to review their skills in teaching and learning.

Titles in this series will provide the teacher in higher education with practical, realistic guidance on the various different aspects of their teaching role, which is underpinned not only by current research in the field, but also by the extensive experience of individual authors, and with a keen eye kept on the limitations and opportunities therein. By bridging a gap between academic theory and practice, all titles will provide generic guidance on the topics covered, which is then brought to life through the use of short, illustrative examples drawn from a range of disciplines. All titles in the series will:

  • represent up-to-date thinking and incorporate the use of computing and appropriate learning technology
  • consider methods and approaches for teaching and learning when there is an increasing diversity in learning and a growth in student numbers
  • encourage readers to reflect, critique and apply learning in their practice and professional context
  • provide links and references to other work on the topic and research evidence where appropriate.

Titles in the series will prove invaluable whether they are used for self-study, as reference material when seeking teaching recognition or as part of a formal taught programme on teaching and learning in higher education (HE), and will also be of relevance to teaching staff working in further education (FE) settings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Professional Development