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What is Managing at Manchester?

Managing at Manchester is aimed at colleagues in a line management role, and we select applicants based on the fact they are in a current management role or have a date to commence a new management role in the very near future.

The programme builds confidence and skills so managers can enhance their personal impact and work effectively with their people.

Management theory, case studies, practical exercises, group discussions, pre and post learning as well as working with other managers help to share experiences, practise skills and gain feedback in a risk-free environment.

Managing at Manchester is a programme 'recognised' by ILM (City & Guilds). On completion of the programme you will gain a digital credential issued by the university and ILM. Please note: this is not the same as an Institute of Leadership  Level 3 or Level 5 qualification.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a manager at the University
  • Recognise the qualities and strengths you have as a line manager
  • Explain why management is important to the University’s success
  • Set clear direction and demonstrate skills for more effective communication with others
  • Identify your personal leadership style and understand the impact it has on others
  • Know how to adapt your leadership style to the needs of the people you manage
  • Identify and develop strategies to build an effective team
  • Manage performance by setting clear direction, addressing underperformance and through coaching and feedback
  • Be able to delegate effectively to develop and empower your staff
  • Use different strategies to recognise and motivate others to deliver high performance
  • Improve your ability to deal with difficult people and situations
  • Help your teams to manage and adapt to change

Completing the programme

The programme comprises of a number of elements to provide varied learning opportunities over the 6-month period:

  • This is a modular approach with a launch event, four topic modules, Action Learning Sets and an impact event to review the learning and experience.
  • The time in-between each module allows the space to apply the relevant learning in the working environment and work with colleagues in groups using action learning sets.
  • The modules are facilitated online, with self-guided learning completed before each module and continuing development after each module, accessed through Blackboard.   
  • In order to attain an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Recognised Digital Credential all elements of the programme have to be attended and four additional reflective questions completed.