Digital leaders programme

28 September - 21 October


About the course

Enabling you to meet like-minded peers and work together to become a digitally-informed and empowered leader, the digital leaders programme will show you how to help your organisation respond more effectively to technology-driven change.

"Strong leadership and a clear vision are essential traits that underpin successful transformation"
Learning and teaching reimagined: a new dawn for higher education

"Establishing a digital-first culture and providing digital leadership across the organisation"
Jisc further education and skills strategy

Taken from recent work conducted by Jisc in collaboration with Universities UK, Advance HE, Emerge Education and other sector organisations, these statements highlight the need for, and importance of, digital leadership within an organisation. The digital leaders programme will give you the tools and confidence to develop different, more flexible ways of delivering teaching and learning.

What to expect

Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get involved in a set of engaging sessions. Using effective digital technologies and an active learning approach our course provides a fully immersive digital experience that enables you to learn from Jisc experts and work actively with your peers to:

  • Invest in your personal and professional development to keep your skills and knowledge current
  • Explore how organisations can engage more effectively and creatively with digital technology – at both strategic and operational levels
  • Discover and reflect on how digital technology is changing the way your organisation operates – creating new leadership challenges and strategic opportunities
  • Learn to lead, manage and influence digitally driven change across organisations, departments, services and teams

See course fees and booking information.

"You need to be passionate about technology and about the power of technology to transform and enhance what we do."
Paula Kilburn, Education Training Collective

Read about the experiences of two course alumni.

Book your place

The next digital leaders programme takes place between 28 September and 21 October 2021. The course is made up of eight online sessions on Tuesdays (10:00 - 12:00) and Thursdays (14:00 - 16:00).

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Course fees

Jisc members (FE, HE and research institutions) - £950 + VAT.

Non-profits (eligible local government, public sector, independent education providers and non-profit customers) - £1,125 + VAT.

Commercial organisations (non-member commercial partners) - £1,475 + VAT.

Fees shown are for the online programme. Details and fees for the in-person programme will be made available soon.

Course tutors

  • Chris Thomson

    Chris Thomson

    Chris is is a subject specialist in digital practice with a particular focus on communication and collaboration.

  • John Sumpter

    John Sumpter

    John is a subject specialist in digital practice with a particular focus on leadership.

  • Zac Gribble

    Zac Gribble

    Zac is a subject specialist in digital practice with a particular focus on platforms.

Member story

Alicia Owen
Digital learning manager at Wrexham Glyndŵr University

“I wanted to do something that would give me more confidence as a leader but also give me some ideas and frameworks to take back to my organisation”.

Read how Alicia is using her experience of the digital leaders programme to drive forward change in her organisation.

Join the community

We want to extend the benefit of the digital leaders programme to all members by piloting a community of practice. This will be an opportunity for you to share your digital leadership stories and learn from peers.

Find out more and join the community.

Member story

Dr Alison Lawson
Head of the division of marketing and operations, Derby Business School, University of Derby

"Having done the digital leaders programme with Jisc definitely gave me a badge of credibility with my colleagues.”

Hear from Alison and other course alumni about their experiences from our digital leaders programme.


  • Completed digital credentials badge
  • Demonstrated digital credentials badge
  • Implemented digital credentials badge

By taking part in this course you can earn completed, demonstrated and implemented digital credentials.