Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fwd: SRHE Seminar: Leading Professors: professorial academic leadership as it is perceived by 'the led'

Leading Professors: professorial academic leadership as it is perceived by 'the led'

Linda Evans, Matt Homer and Steve Rayner,

Universities of Leeds and Oxford Brookes


Friday 3rd February 2012

SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE

12.30-4.00  (Lunch 12.30-1.15)


'I would suggest that a collective noun for professors should be "an absence"'. This was one of many negative sentiments expressed recently by non-professorial university staff (academics, researchers and teaching fellows) in an online questionnaire. The questionnaire was part of the Leading Professors research project, funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and carried out by a Leeds-Oxford Brookes team. But the findings reveal what is by no means an entirely negative picture, with some academics recounting tales of truly 'leading professors' who have inspired and motivated them, while others spoke of professorial colleagues with disdain.

The project's focus was the perspective of 'the led' – a much neglected perspective in the study of educational leadership and management. Through an online questionnaire that has so far yielded over 1200 responses, and 50 in-depth interviews, it examined what people think of their professors, how they interpret the role of professor, and how they evaluate the nature and quality of academic leadership that professors provide.

This seminar will present the research findings and provide ample opportunity for participants to identify and discuss key issues around professorial academic leadership in UK universities and we hope share their own experiences and perceptions of 'leading professors'.


Event booking details


To reserve a place at this seminar please register at or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525.  SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non-members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non-attendance will be charged if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non-attendance has been given in advance.


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