Digital leaders programme

Develop the skills to become a digitally-informed and empowered leader.

What to expect

This course offers a variety of sessions and exercises to help you develop as a digital leader.

You will work together with like-minded peers, discovering the tools to help you lead your organisation to engage effectively and creatively with digital technology at both strategic and operational levels. You will learn to lead, manage and influence digitally driven change across organisations, departments, services, and teams.

You will explore and reflect on how digital technology is changing the way organisations operate – creating new leadership challenges and strategic opportunities. You will complete the programme feeling confident in your expertise and able to positively impact your organisation’s digital journey. 

Key themes

The digital leaders programme is constantly evolving to keep it up to date with latest good practice for digital technology. Although some details may change and adapt, the course remains underpinned by the themes below.


Mapping digital

Work together to explore the definitions and focus of digital leadership, considering how leaders can assist complex organisations in meeting challenges. We cover the importance of digital practice and presence, and what this means for making effective change.

Digital transformation

We explore a variety of challenges and opportunities that digital leaders encounter. We encourage you to consider alternative strategies and approaches to implement and secure successful change through co-design, collaboration and effective digital leadership.

Understanding your organisation

We use narrative storytelling and a design thinking approach in order to explore digital transformation in further detail. Learn useful techniques and strategies that can help influence successful behavioural and cultural change through building capability.

Becoming a digital leader

An opportunity to explore how digital leaders can make space for innovation within an organisation and develop a culture and vision to best support it. We pull together all the themes of the programme in order to consider approaches to change management, develop a strategic vision and formulate a practical roadmap for action.

Programme options

Offered in person, online or a combination of both, the programme uses effective digital technologies and an active learning approach. Our course provides participants with the opportunity to actively collaborate, share experiences and network while engaging in reflective practice.

In-person

Get together with like-minded peers in a relaxed environment with plenty of opportunities for networking. The programme is delivered over four days, split across two consecutive weeks and is usually located at one of our Jisc offices. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation should be booked separately.


Course fees

  • Jisc members (FE, HE and research institutions): £1150 + VAT
  • Non-profits (eligible local government, public sector, independent education providers and non-profit customers): £1400 + VAT
  • Commercial organisations (non-member commercial partners): £1900 + VAT

Online

Our online learning option offers the benefit to fully engage from home or office with reduced travel time and cost. The online programme is made up of eight sessions on Tuesdays (10:00-12:00) and Thursdays (14:00-16:00). All sessions are recorded allowing you to review content at your convenience. Sign up for the next online sessions taking place from 6 to 29 June 2023.


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): £1125 + VAT
  • Commercial organisations (non-member commercial partners): £1475 + VAT

Bespoke in-house

We can also offer a bespoke in-house version of the digital leaders programme for your institution. This can be delivered either in person, online or a combination of both.


Course fees

Available on application

Sign up for the next cohort

The next online sessions will take place from 6 to 29 June 2023.

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Your digital leadership journey

Alumni experiences

Member story

“I wanted to do something that would give me more confidence"

Alicia Owen, digital learning manager at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, is using her experience of the digital leaders programme to drive forward change in her organisation.

Member story

"It's given me a better understanding of digital technologies"

Dr Alison Lawson, head of the division of marketing and operations at Derby Business School, shares her experience of the programme alongside other alumni.

Member story

"The programme enables you to meet like-minded people"

Jo Loss and Paula Kilburn, from Essex Adult Community Learning and the Education Training Collective, share their top tips for navigating the online digital leaders programme.

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.

  • Deborah Baff

    Debbie Baff

    Debbie is a subject specialist in digital practice.

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