Support and Resources for Academic Head of Department

Head of Department induction and workshops

Two day induction programme on the 22nd and 23rd April, covering some of the essential areas to enable you to see what is involved in the role, and informative and practical start to the ongoing support programme.

An element of the support available is a programme of lunchtime workshops that are designed to cover some of the key responsibilities/areas of concern for HoDs. These workshops are exclusively for academic HoDs (new and existing) and will provide an opportunity for you to identify common issues, share experiences and network with each other.

We will explore key topics that are central to the effective delivery of the HoD role; enable you to draw on a range of practical suggestions and skills in managing people issues; develop your confidence in your ability and enable you to be effective from the start of your term of office; assist you in identifying sources of support (each other, former HoDs, mentors, key subject matter experts); and point you towards other information resources.

A light lunch is usually provided so booking is required. Please contact Lucy directly on

Coaching support

During your first year as an academic Head of Department you will be offered one to one coaching with an external coach who will be able to support you through your transition period.

Other relevant development

  • Management Essentials
  • Research Support Programme
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Mentoring
  • on-line guides
  • Epigeum - on-line development programe

    Developed by Academic HoDs from across the UK. This on-line resource covers some of the basic skills and considerations you may need to use in your role. Evaluated by existing HoDs at Lancaster, they found this a "useful tool to dip in and out of as and when the need arose" It sits on moodle and so you will need to apply for access to have this added to your access list.

    Please contact for further details

    Lancaster University
    LancasterLA1 4YW United Kingdom
    +44 (0) 1524 65201