Management Development Programme



The Management Development Programme (MDP) is the first of our three management and leadership development interventions. A mixture of best practice and practical work, it provides a comprehensive introduction to management and has been designed around the College’s values, strategy and culture and the five areas within Royal Holloway’s new Leadership Behaviours Framework.


The programme includes five one-day modules, each of which builds on and reinforces the others.  Three half day ‘Action Learning Sets’ will also enable participants to work together as a group to apply their learning to the resolution of live issues each brings from their work area.


A key feature of the programme is the Reflective Learning Day. Held at the conclusion of all modules, participants reconvene to reflect on their learning and how it relates to their current role. In front of their course colleagues and own manager, and using their preferred method of delivery, each conveys what they most gained and how they are applying it.



To increase the skill, knowledge and understanding of management practice within the Royal Holloway context, strategy and culture and the role and responsibility of managers within this


Overall, it will help participants to:

  • develop as a supportive group to take ownership of their learning, both on the programme and into the future
  • understand how their personality and preferences influence their thinking and be able to flex their behaviour to suit different management situations
  • understand team dynamics and use this to positively impact performance and motivation, set meaningful performance standards and give feedback and encouragement
  • manage performance issues positively and conduct difficult conversations which encourage change and improvement
  • promote joint working with internal and external partners towards shared outcomes


Who is it for?

Those who have management responsibilities as all or part of their role, whether within academic or professional services, and who have limited previous training or experience in management at a first level



Due to the nature of the programme, it is essential that applicants commit to attending all the dates scheduled for that cohort.


Cohort 4






19 March

9.30 – 16.30

Kingswood Blue Room


21 April

9.30 – 16.30

Kingswood Blue Room

Action Learning Set

6 May

9.30 – 12.30

Kingswood Blue Room


13 May

9.30 – 16.30

Kingswood Blue Room


16 June

9.30 – 16.30

Gowar and Wedderburn

Action Learning Set

30 June

9.30 – 12.30

International Boardroom


09 July

9.30 – 16.30

Kingswood Blue Room

Reflective Learning Day

September (Date TBA)

9.30 – 16.30




Each Cohort will be facilitated by Angela Tickner from Progress International Ltd.  Action Learning Sets will be facilitated by a member of the OD team.


Application Process

Applications for Cohort 4 are now open. Those interested should complete an application form which includes a supporting statement from their line manager and return to Organisational Development before Friday 28th February 2020.

Please Note

This programme replaces ILM Level 3. There is no charge to departments for attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact Organisational Development.