Diverse leaders transforming Higher Education
Strategic executive development for diverse leaders in higher education
Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders have so many attributes to bring to Higher Education: inclusive emotional intelligence, cultural competence, and inclusive leadership to name a few. And yet, rather than capitalising on these attributes many continue to be under-represented in senior roles whilst having to navigate daily negative experiences
from micro-aggressions through to outright discrimination.
A renewed call for change
The need for change, the “urgency of now”, has never been greater. The “great awakening” around systemic racism, as a result of the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, and the disproportionate impact of Covid19 and its economic consequences on ethnically diverse communities, has permeated through society and every industry sector including Higher Education.
StellarHE supports the achievement of the Race Equality Charter Mark goal to "inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students."
The programme is a tried and tested development experience for Diverse Leaders in Higher Education, equipping them with the unique leadership competencies and strategies required to respond to the distinct challenges and opportunities they face as Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse Academic and Professional staff.
StellarHE enhances and extends the leadership skills of Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse Academic and Professional staff in order to address their under-representation in senior positions.
It has been designed specifically to equip participants with leadership competencies and strategies that reflect the unique experiences and challenges they face because of their race and ethnicity.
"Our experience of StellarHE is of participants claiming the programme to be a ‘transformational experience’ and ‘like nothing we’ve been on before.’
StellarHE has become an integral part of the university’s overall BME strategy and has played a pivotal role in engaging and increasing the confidence of our BME staff.
We’re delighted with the outcome and proud to have been able to offer the programme to employees within the institution."
- Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The University of Manchester
Aligns with University strategic aims
"StellarHE fits very well into our strategic aim of being a modern civic University where promotion of equality and diversity is a core value, and ensuring that our BAME staff are given the opportunity to develop the required skills to occupy senior level roles is an imperative.
My hope is that all participants on this programme are able to harness the knowledge gained on the course to make progress in their careers.”
- Professor Nigel Weatherill, Former Vice-Chancellor
Liverpool John Moores University
More than a leadership development programme
"The StellarHE programme enabled me to identify, develop and build on a unique set of skills which I put into practice over the course of the programme.
The Factor8 Different Leaders assessment and other diagnostics were key to identifying my core values and strengths in the context of work and how this is demonstrated in my leadership style.
I truly believe this programme helped a great deal in positioning me for promotion to Head of HR and recommend this programme for BAME staff wishing to develop their career."
- Evelyn Eguridu, Head of HR, SLASH and VP Education & Student Affairs, University College London