The links and information on this pages are intended to assist those who are engaged in management or administration, whether as part of an academic or research role or as an administrator or specialist professional.

Administrators who are new to the University may be interested in the online Departmental Administrator’s manual and the Guide to Departmental Administrators' induction and probation.

You may want to look at the training providers page on the Staff Development website.

Administration and management

This section is designed for those with an interest in administrative or policy work with a higher education focus. You might be, or aspire to be, working in the Central Administration or a divisional office on student administration, academic policy support or planning; or you might be a departmental administrator with an interest in acquiring an understanding of the wider HE context of your work. 

Association of University Administrators

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice. This is a professional qualification specifically developed for Higher Education managers and administrators. It is aimed at a range of levels and experience, including both new and existing practitioners, and both generalists and specialists. The standard admissions criteria for entry to the programme as a participant are: possession of a first degree and AUA membership (successful applicants who do not already hold AUA membership are required to join), but there is some flexibility in the admissions criteria. The programme aims to develop participants' knowledge of the HE sector, and to develop core management and other skills. It is flexible and largely self-directed; participants have up to three years to complete. 

Institute of Education, London

MBA in Higher Education Management. This MBA is held over two years, and taught in one-week residential blocks. It is aimed at higher education managers who have a good honours degree and at least four years' experience of HE management. The programme offers high-level professional development in the area of HE management, a managerial qualification, insights into new areas of management, and the opportunity to become part of a senior HE management network. The course content includes: higher education institutions as organisations: their strategic management; the management of financial and physical resources in HE; the management of teaching and research in HE; marketing in higher education; and institutional governance in HE. There are a number of optional modules. Assessment is via 5,000-word written assignments after each module, a consultancy project or dissertation, and syndicate work.

The Association of MBAs provides details of all the accredited MBAs in the UK.

Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest provider of distance learning in management. It offers an accredited Certificate and Diploma in Management, which focuses on the management of projects, performance and change. The OU also offers specialist courses targeted at those in a particular management function, distance learning MBA.