Academic almanac: A practical workshop for programme leaders to plan the academic yearly cycle

Juliet Eve

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Written by an educational developer at a UK university, this case study looks at a simple, systematic approach to supporting programme leaders in managing their time and realising their responsibilities. A practical planning session steers programme leaders in building a ‘gardeners' calendar’ or almanac of programme, department and institutionally specific events and activities, thus considering the specific ‘eco-system’ in which the institution functions. This allows programme leaders (PLs) to carefully consider the academic yearly cycle of programme leader activity. The case study describes the design and delivery of the workshop in which individual calendars are built, how the workshop enables PLs to understand the scope of their role, gives examples of the key events in the academic year relevant to staff and students involved in their programmes and evidences the success of this approach. Using this case study readers will be able to devise and deliver a workshop for PLs to build their own programme-specific ‘gardeners' calendar’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupporting Course and Programme Leaders in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Wisdom for Leaders, Educational Developers and Programme Leaders
EditorsJenny Lawrence, Sue Morón-García, Rowena Senior
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781000536836
ISBN (Print)9780367610388
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2022


  • course leaders
  • programme leadership
  • programme leaders
  • course leadership


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