Development Opportunities for Managers and Supervisors


Throughout the year
The University runs a suite of training programs in-house to support managers and supervisors to build a range of skills such as: managing change, recruiting, giving effective feedback, holding Performance Review and Planning (PRP) conversations, managing performance issues and preparing for Academic Promotion.  Please browse the Training and Development listings for more information on upcoming training workshops and video conferences and to register for a session.


Leadership & Accountability of the Supervisors Program

The Leadership & Accountability of the Supervisors Program will assist supervisors to understand the context of their role at ACU and the expectations and responsibilities of undertaking this important role.  Participants will receive an expanded understanding the University’s governance structure (Company, Senate and organisational management) and responsibilities to the law.  The program will explore the University’s expectations of the way that supervisors will make decisions within a framework, and also implement policies to provide direction, ensure objectives are achieved, identify and manage risks, and use resources responsibly with known accountability.


Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Throughout the year
The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE) is a qualification for university teaching, offered by ACU's Learning and Teaching Centre. The GCHE is open to degree-qualified academic and professional staff members who are directly involved in teaching. Ongoing sessional staff members are also eligible with approval from their Head of School.   The GCHE promotes the scholarship of learning and teaching in higher education through evidence-based practice. For more information visit the GCHE webpage or browse the Training and Development listings for upcoming GCHE workshops.


Certificate IV in Leadership and Management Scholarship

A Certificate IV scholarship program is designed to develop leadership and management competencies.  This 18-month program is run by TAFE and aimed at professional staff Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors and Team Leaders who are continuing full-time or fixed-term staff who have been employed by the University for a period greater than two years in duration. These staff members may supervise others, give direction and lead teams, have responsibility for the work of others, be involved in decision-making and apply their skills and knowledge to a variety of workplace situations.  For more information read the policy or contact learninggs@acu.edu.au


Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP) 2018 Guided Cohort

ACU is pleased to sponsor a guided cohort to undertake the 2018 ACU Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP). The eLAMP will be delivered by the LH Martin Institute, and is designed for new and aspiring tertiary education managers to develop their skills, knowledge and capacities to lead and manage effectively in the rapidly changing tertiary education environment.

Suitable for

  • Professional staff at HEW levels 6, 7, 8 or equivalent and those who are new to management;
  • Academic staff at levels B and C or equivalent and academics that are new to management

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the breadth and depth of the tertiary education landscape in the Australian, New Zealand and global contexts.
  • An understanding of the complex internal and external drivers influencing the sector and how to respond appropriately to them.
  • An insight into the different roles and styles leaders and managers need to adopt to be successful in their roles.
  • A grasp of the nuances of policy and learn how it aligns with strategic intention and how it influences the development of organisational culture.
  • Greater understanding of institutional challenges through case studies and online discussions.

This program aligns to the following ACU core competencies (CDF):

  • Lead Organisation - Apply Commercial Acumen; Adapt to and Lead Change
  • Lead Others - Collaborate Effectively, Coach and Develop
  • Lead Self - Make Informed Decisions

Program Structure

The program will commence in March 2018 and consists of 4 on-line moderated study modules and face to face workshops at ACU North Sydney and Brisbane.   Staff must be prepared to complete the entire program of 4 modules and workshops, as per the prepared schedule between March and December 2018. Applicants must have the full support of their nominated supervisor to undertake the program. For more information about the Program, please read Emerging Leaders and Managers Program Brochure.

Download application form (PDF File, 84.3 KB)


Learning and Teaching Conference

Held every two years
This one-day conference is open to all staff responsible for learning and teaching at ACU.  The last conference in July 2014 launched ACU’s four-year teaching framework called ‘Learning for Life’.  The conference featured keynote speakers who explored topics including the use of new media in education, and using learning outcomes to drive online learning design that is fit for purpose. A series of peer-reviewed workshops were also presented on a variety of topics.  Visit the Learning and Teaching Centre website for more information.


External Professional Development

There are also a number of programs run externally by the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), the LH Martin Institute and Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) throughout the year. ATEM’s offerings include the Middle Managers Program and Project Management Essentials, and AHEIA programs include Managing Very Difficult Workplace Behaviour and Managing Performance. You can browse upcoming AHEIA training programs.  In addition, the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management offers Executive Education programs which have been developed through collaboration with a range of local and international organisations to understand development requirements specific to the higher education sector.

LH Martin Institute Executive Education Program

The national leadership and management institute for the tertiary education sector.