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SEAL Programme

The South East Action Learning (SEAL) programme provides a space for women in leadership roles to voice their work and career challenges. A combination of development workshops and discussion groups help members to discover both the power and leadership qualities needed to take action to overcome them.

Following successful selection to the programme, you will be assigned to a specific action learning cohort. The participating institutions will host the action learning groups in turn, covering leadership development themes. We think carefully about the construction of each action learning cohort, striving for a balance of academic and professional services staff. Each cohort has a designated facilitator to guide the discussion and ensure confidentiality.

About Action Learning

The concept of action learning was pioneered by Professor Reg Revans, a thought leader on management and leadership. You can find out more about its origins, and how it works, in the Guide to Action Learning in Higher Education.

Action learning is an organisational development tool that empowers people to resolve complex problems in a safe and confidential space. It is about promoting courageous choice: helping people take action that is meaningful for them, and supporting them to identify their own solutions, much like group coaching

Interested Applicants

If you would like to apply for a place on the SEAL programme, please complete the online application form for more information.

Interested applicants will need line manager approval for time taken (including travel) to participate in the online and in-person group discussions that take place as follows:  

  • January 2022: Launch event (in-person)
  • February 2022: Action learning group (virtual)
  • March 2022: Action learning group (virtual)
  • April 2022: Action learning group (virtual)
  • May 2022: Action learning group (virtual)
  • June 2022: Graduation & closing event (in-person)

For further information please email:

 Programme Feedback

“I am grateful for the organisation and school/university that provided me the opportunity of participating the program, I wish I did it ten years ago!”

 “Having the opportunity to listen to others from a variety of institutions and careers has been enriching. I have learned more about how to prompt deeper thinking about issues and problems to solve.”

“I feel that the course made a noticeable difference in my confidence levels and ability to do my role without second guessing myself.”

“The structure and approach is super. The balance of the whole group development sessions, questions and then the groups is excellent. I always feel so enriched afterwards. I find myself returning to notes and thoughts.

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