Calling all Aspiring Directors of the future

New training and learning support programme for university business leaders of the future, developed by University Hospitality Seminars

The ‘Aspiring Directors’ coaching programme has been specially designed for highly-motivated managers and recent new Directors in the university commercial, facilities and accommodation sector who strive to develop and progress their careers. 

The inaugural programme, to be held in March 2016, will offer a small cohort of 15 delegates exclusive access to coaching and mentoring from a handful of industry leaders and experts in a closed-group environment, helping them to develop their own tailored personal development plan. The event, being hosted in a prestigious institutional venue, will provide an engaging mix of presentations, workshops, discussions, interviews and networking, making for an exhilarating and hugely rewarding two days.

Leading expert facilitators will deliver the programme, including Geoff Pringle, former Chief Operating Officer at the University of Exeter and Chair of CUBO, now respected Consultant to the HE sector and David McKown, Director of UHS Ltd, CUBO Executive Committee Member for Learning and Development, Catey Award Winner 2015 for Education & Training and Accredited Trainer for Fierce Conversations.

Delivering engaging sessions to enable delegates to enhance their leadership skills, the programme is tailored to those working in the HE commercial business sector. Addressing core leader competencies, the programme will offer coaching in techniques for leading strategic planning and influencing others, and provide tools for understanding organisational behaviour and change management, with specific relevance to the operational challenges within universities. 

The graduating Aspiring Directors ‘Class of 2016’ will also benefit from membership of a close peer group network providing access to senior sector contacts throughout the UK and internationally. At the end of the programme delegates will emerge more capable, confident and, most importantly, sought after, with a clear plan for achieving career success within the sector. 

Ambition coupled with practical specialist leadership and management skills are essential to the future success of delivering a top quality student and visitor experience’

The programme has been developed by University Hospitality Seminars following feedback from across the sector at the lack of support and progression planning available for managers, as well as a shortage of high quality candidates for vacant Director roles. Aspiring Directors is seen as a crucial way to develop talented people from within by the CUBO Executive Committee.

Emma Furnival, Chair of CUBO and Assistant Director Hospitality and Accommodation Services at the University of Wolverhampton, commented, “The Aspiring Directors programme is very appropriate in the current challenging times facing the university sector. Ambition coupled with practical specialist leadership and management skills are essential to the future success of delivering a top quality student and visitor experience. Supporting this through bespoke courses like Aspiring Directors will positively impact on the entire HE sector.”

Pat McGrath, Director of University Hospitality Seminars, feels that Aspiring Directors offers the industry something unique, “We wanted to create a highly targeted suite of coaching, uniquely designed to provide ambitious university managers and newly appointed Directors with an opportunity to craft their own careers. At the same time, within the sector we can be secure in the knowledge that we’re supporting and developing hugely talented individuals to lead our business into the future.” 

Places are limited for the first Aspiring Directors programme, which will take place on 14-15 March 2016. The one-night residential bespoke coaching event costs just £495 per delegate. If you are an ambitious Aspiring Director, please register your interest by contacting outlining your current role, background and future aspirations. 



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