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Cardiff University Annual Leadership Awards

27 September 2012

Effective leadership and management are central to the current and future success of the University and help to ensure a motivating, fair and positive working environment for all staff.

Ninety-one members of academic and support staff attended the Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony to receive certificates for one of the three programmes: Leadership and Management Development Programme for Research Team Leaders; the Leading and Managing Teams Programme; or the Practical Leadership for University Management Programme.

Jayne Dowden, Director of Human Resources, Healthy, Safety & Environment, welcomed the awardees and the 30 guests from their departments who supported their training. The guest speaker was the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure. She emphasised how important good leadership and management will be for the University going forward and how the people getting the awards can help that process. The certificates were presented by Professor Terry Threadgold, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff and Diversity."

What staff said about the programmes

Successful staff recognised Chris

Chris Jones, Public Relations Manager who completed the Leading and Managing Teams Programme:

"Completing the Leading and Managing Teams course gave me the practical skills and knowledge I needed to become a more effective member of my team. I've recently been seconded to a new role and I believe this course was one of the reasons why I was able to successfully secure this position. I would encourage anyone looking to obtain new skills to become a better manager, to consider this course."  


Dr Samantha Hibbitts, School of Medicine, who completed the Leadership & Management Programme for Research Team Leaders:Successful staff recognised 2175

"In 2012, I took part in the Leadership & Management Programme for Research Team Leaders. The programme included a two-day course designed to develop your research team leader skills, understand the role of a team leader and how to motivate teams and individuals to achieve research goals. The programme gave me an opportunity to reflect on my personal leadership skills and consider my impact in certain situations and on other people.

"Following the course, I used the skills learnt, together with Dr Ned Powell, to implement an away day for the HPV Research Team, Cardiff University. In the morning session, the team developed the group mission statement: "The mission of the HPV Research Team is to undertake excellent innovative research, to improve human health through greater understanding of the biology of HPV associated cancer and to provide a supportive learning environment for all team members." In the afternoon session, the group took part in a treasure hunt around Cardiff city centre. Based on feedback from the HPV away day, we changed the structure of team meetings to fit more with the needs of the group and introduced a weekly cake rota that was strongly supported by all team members.

"I would highly recommend this training programme to Research Team Leaders to help improve leadership and management skills throughout Cardiff University."

Successful staff recognised 3175Alisha Tucker, Cardiff Law School completed the Practical Leadership for University Management programme:

I found the Practical Leadership for University Management very beneficial.  I met colleagues from other schools and the centre and I was able to expand my network to include people I would not normally have contact with on a day to day basis.  It was very helpful to be able to discuss issues with colleagues, reflect on how we deal with situations and how we might do things differently and to be able to take time for personal development.  In my opinion, the best element of the course was the learning group; we collaborated on work based scenarios and, although we took these seriously, we had a lot of fun in the process!

More information about the range of leadership programmes is available from the website on: or by contacting Martin Udwin in Organisational & Staff Development, Human Resources on ext: 79232 or email: