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Impact of leadership development on BME academics: research project

Published: 31/08/2016

ECU, Leeds Trinity University, University of East London and University of Bradford have formed a research team working in partnership with the Leadership Foundation.

ECU is part of a team of researchers from across the sector who have been commissioned to investigate how leadership development can address contextual and institutional issues surrounding the careers of black and minority ethnic (BME) academics and professional services staff. The research will also investigate the impact of leadership development on progression, success and representation of BME leaders in higher education. The research team is led by Professor Jan Fook, director of the International Centre for higher education research at Leeds Trinity University.

The team will develop recommendations for institutions on implementing strategies and policies to diversify leadership, and for the further development of leadership programmes.

The research will take an intersectional approach and the team will undertake longitudinal tracking of leadership programme participants, explore the in-depth lived experience of participants through narrative interviews and analysis of individual participants. While the research will focus on participants in the Leadership Foundation’s ongoing Diversifying Leadership programme, the team will also include BME academic leaders/aspirants who have not participated in formal leadership programmes and refer to existing evaluations of other BME-focused programmes.

Find out more about the research and the Diversifying Leadership programme on the Leadership Foundation website.