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London Metropolitan University: Bringing the Social Professions Together online

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One of the best parts is that colleagues are fully-focused on the sessions. Working online really helps us build wholehearted trust in our team to work for the good of the students.”

Kelly Cooper
Head of School of Social Professions
London Metropolitan University

Leaders began to experiment with new approaches to working remotely, and with generating solutions to make online learning and teaching work in the 2020-21 academic year.”

Since April, Invisible Grail has worked with the School of Social Professions on a dynamic online programme which joins up Principal Lecturers with the Head of School, Heads of Subject and Student Experience. We’ve taken the challenges of working remotely as an opportunity for leaders across the School to connect and approach the future with hope.

It was striking from the very start of the programme to feel the commitment of all colleagues to the success and wellbeing of their students, and this shone at all times through their approaches to leadership.

Our creative approaches, involving vision-building, writing, and challenge conversations, lend themselves well to working in online rooms. We’ve made the most of breakout spaces to enable colleagues to share practice and develop new ideas for supporting and challenging colleagues throughout the School.

3 online workshops, lasting two hours each and run over a period of 2 months, was supplemented by one to one coaching for 7 members of the School’s leadership group. Within the first few weeks of the programme starting, there were noticeable impacts in how colleagues collaborate. Leaders began to experiment with new approaches to working remotely, and with generating solutions to make online learning and teaching work in the 2020-21 academic year.

Kelly Cooper, the Head of School who commissioned the programme, said

‘One of the best parts is that colleagues are fully-focused on the sessions. Working online really helps us build wholehearted trust in our team to work for the good of the students.’

In the coming months, we’ll continue working with the School to support these leaders and their colleagues as they nurture a culture of collaboration, agency and shared success.

Find out more

If you would like to explore how we can work with your team online, please contact our Academic Director, Paul Gentle.