Elevate Programme 2023-24. A senior leadership programme for women of colour at the University of Edinburgh.
About the programme
Following the success of its 2021 pilot we are bringing back our senior leadership programme for women of colour for new participants in 2024. This programme is designed for women of colour, who are at grades 8-10 and are aiming to move forward in their academic leadership. Taking place over 6 months, the course offers the opportunity to develop a cohort of 20 peers, receive specialist training, hear from inspiring speakers and take part in both 121 coaching and action learning.
We have chosen to focus on women from diverse ethnic backgrounds as they are particularly under-represented in the University. The original programme was co-designed with women from the Edinburgh Race Equality Network and the context of the programme acknowledges the structural injustices faced by women of colour and that it is not their work to overcome these barriers. The University is working on several strands of work to reduce these barriers. The content of this programme is designed to give participants a space for development in their own right and further equip them for leadership in a way that is centred around their needs.
Elevate is a six month immersive, experiential and transformational leadership programme that creates an enhanced sense of connection and belonging; building alliances and community as the foundation to learning and peer support. The programme is designed to provide a psychological safe space for participants to bring and voice lived experience and multiple perspectives, unpacking the intersecting aspects of their identity using creative techniques. This enables the cultivation of a deeper understanding of oneself, peers and the wider HE system through sense making the past and present to inform the future.
This will be achieved through the 6 modules delivered both face to face and virtually. The space will be held by two women of colour who are facilitators/coaches skilled in the field of leadership through an intersectional lens to create and sustain inclusive workplace cultures.
The programme will run from January - June 2024.
The programme will consist of:
5 full day workshops
1 Sharing event with wider university staff
121 coaching (6 sessions between January and June)
Action learning (3 sessions between January, in groups of 5)
Coaching and Action Learning will be scheduled around your availability and will run throughout the course.
Modules 1 and 2
16 & 17 January 2024 (Face to face)
Module 1 - Bringing self and story
Surfacing your leadership story and intersecting identities
Reviewing strengths-based feedback and reflection time
Module 2 -Seeing the Landscape
Exploring the gendered landscape
Understanding the systemic issues in HE through an intersectional lens
Modules 3 and 4
20 & 21 February 2024 - Face to Face
Module 3 - Aligning purpose and values
Recognising your purpose and values
Your relationship with power and agency
Looking at fixed/growth mindset
Module 4 - Recognising your authority, presence and impact
Dialling up on how you ‘show up’
Courageous conversations around resilience barometer
9 April 2024 - Virtual
Module 5 - Networking and branding
Disrupting and creating your narrative
Strategic networking and mapping
Conversations with funders
Final sharing event
6 June 2024 - Face to Face
In a final event with invited guests from the University you will be given an opportunity to showcase your new narrative, sharing your story and ideas for the future.
Applications are now closed for 2024.
There are 20 places available and applications will be reviewed by Lorna Thomson (Director of ERO), Fiona Phillipi (IAD), the Deans of Research for each College, and representatives from 64 Million Artists.
To apply, please complete the following short online application form:
An information session about the programme was held on 22 September.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with Elevate in the subject line.
64 Million Artists deliver a huge range of training and supportive learning environments in settings across the UK. They have been working in higher education for the last 8 years and currently run successful leadership programmes at King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Durham University and the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. Their work is always based on the needs of the participants and takes a flexible and creative approach to making work relevant, inclusive and people-centred for every course they run.
Carol Tavernier is an experienced Learning and Organisational Development professional with a strong creative approach who has been practising her skills for over 20 years and in a broad range of fields.
She is a confident facilitator skilled in various techniques such as appreciative inquiry, action learning set facilitation, visual explorer, process mapping, storytelling, constellations and various large-scale interventions all aiming to seek clarity, robust qualitative data and improved group working. She likes to think of herself as a ‘choreographer of conversations’ believing that people hold the answers to making a change, either personally or organisationally. She would say that people are her thing. She now works in an associate model with a number of organisations that support change through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion.
Satwant Kaur has an established track record as a skilled consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She has worked with a range of international organisations for a period of twenty-five years specialising in the area of diversity and inclusion. She is recognised as somebody who has a passion for success and as an innovative, challenging thinker whose personal style enables her to work alongside her clients through the difficult issues they face. She is highly regarded as a coach and consultant to chief executive/country directors, senior managers and teams led on design and programme delivery on a global basis and worked alongside clients in South East Asia, EMEA and Africa.
In her facilitation practice Satwant operates with compassion and human spirit in creating safe and trusted spaces where groups/participants can address systemic inclusion, equality and equity. She works through a systemic lens and her work is relationship based around exploring dialogical methods of inquiry and interventions to achieve inclusive workplaces and cultures. Satwant has a passion for working with diverse learners and people in their professional development. This is complemented by a desire to empower learners with an intellectual appetite for increased self-awareness, knowledge and creating a platform for learning edge and curiosity.