Nottingham University Business School
Participants from the Executive Programme in Strategic Technical Leadership listen to Dr Jeannie Holstein deliver a session. Jeannie stands at the front of the room and the participants sit in groups at tables with notepads, folders and cups.

The Executive Programme in Strategic Technical Leadership

A technical leadership programme delivered in partnership with the Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy (ITSS) and the Technician Commitment.


This programme uses expertise, experience and sector relationships to offer current strategic technical leaders the opportunity to develop key skills for the critical roles they hold in their organisations.



The programme includes opportunities to hear and learn from guest speakers from across the UK higher education and research sector. Through cohort-based learning and individual reflection, delegates will be equipped with skills to develop themselves as an effective strategic technical leader.

Through this programme you will:

  • gain an understanding of the UK higher education sector, its current affairs and the evolving landscape for technical staff
  • establish your ‘personal brand’ and professional identity to your networks
  • develop skills to influence key stakeholders within institutional structures

ITSS logo - dark blue text stating 'UK Institute for Technical Skills & Strategy' with a stylised yellow and blue 'T' logo on the left hand side.

Technician Commitment


The video gives an introduction to what the programme offers, with images of technical staff at work.





Who is it for?

This programme is for current and aspiring strategic technical leads from any UK higher education or research institution.

Places are limited and cost £2,295 per person which can be invoiced to your organisation.

A limited number of scholarships are available and awarded upon acceptance to the programme.





Applications are now open for our second cohort which begins in July 2024 (please see below for further details). Please note that we require a line manager statement as part of the application process and this will be requested from them once you submit the application form. We therefore advise that you apply in good time. The deadline for submitting applications and line manager statements is midnight on Monday 29 April 2024.

Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • Potential for positive impact on career development
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, personal development
  • Potential for positive impact on home instituion or organisation



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This course presents a fantastic opportunity for current and aspiring technical leaders who operate at an institutional level in higher education and research. The course covers a range of key topics and includes insight and guest lectures from experts from across the sector. Participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, grow their skillset and network with sector professionals. 
Kelly Vere, University Director of Technical Strategy




Programme content

The second cohort of this programme will begin in July 2024 and will include a break for the summer holidays.

It includes:

  • two residentials – including inspirational external speakers, engaging experiential and impactful sessions and peer networking opportunities. Each lasts for three days and two nights. Accommodation, meals and evening speaker sessions are all covered by the course fee. The residentials will be hosted at The Jubilee Hotel and Conferences, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham on 3 - 5 July 2024 (arrival on 3 July) and 6 - 8 November 2024 (arrival on 6 November).
  • online interactive workshops between the two residentials (dates to be confirmed).


Participant stories

Find out more about the experiences of our Cohort 1 participants.

Participants from the first EPSTL cohort with members of the programme delivery team. They stand in a group on the shore of Jubilee lake with the side of a building and trees in the background.








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Nottingham University Business School
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