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Erasmus+ Team Development & Leadership Skills for Higher Education Staff

B1 on the CEFR (Intermediate)
1 Week
20 Lessons Per Week
Key Start Dates
In Person
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Team Development & Leadership Skills for Higher Education Staff

Designed to provide Higher Education Staff with the skills and knowledge required to create and sustain an academic environment that enables effective team development, leadership and high performance. The course will enable you to identify your strengths and discover the skills and the next-level of competencies you need to develop to better lead yourself, your people and your organisation.

This course is ideal for all staff in the Higher Education sector.  It will enable you to skilfully lead other people in work-related tasks and activities and develop your ability to coordinate and motivate teams through the external and internal challenges that arise.

OID Number EI0070121

What will I study?

Day 1: Welcome & Introduction to Team Development & Leadership
Welcome & Induction
The stages of team development, to include different kinds of teams in a Higher Education setting, a  multi-team environment, the characteristics of an effective team and the need for different roles for Individuals.  Learn how team leaders can shape the culture of an organisational and lead virtual, hybrid, and distributed teams effectively.

  • HE Team leader as facilitator, mediator, and negotiator
  • Diversity and inclusion within teams
  • Influencing team/organisational culture
  • Virtual, hybrid, and distributed teams
  • Leading project teams

Day 2: Getting the best from your people
Understand the importance of robust communication skills for team development.  Learn about the barriers to communication and gain the skills necessary to deal with challenging conversations within your team. Understand the importance of planning for effective performance, setting realistic goals to enhance performance and establish a mechanism for quantitative and qualitative feedback.  Develop a strategy for training and developing your people capability.

  • Effective communication skills
  • Barriers to communication
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • The art of questioning and listening
  • Having difficult conversations

Day 3: Team Leadership & Change Management
The academic environment is constantly changing and evolving and at times present challenges. It is important to understand the importance of team leadership and management and commitment of staff performance to achieve positive outcomes.  Looking at the major models of change management to lead your team successfully.

By developing the team leadership and management skills, academic staff can effectively manage their roles and responsibilities, and support the success of their students and institutions.

Manage Meetings: Develop the skills to conduct effective meetings which are the foundation for effective teamwork. Learn how to establish team charters and norms, conduct training needs analysis in a team context, and implement successful training plans.

Manage time efficiently, set realistic deadlines, prioritizing tasks, balancing the workload effectively and delegate responsibilities when necessary.

Day 4: Conflict Management Workshop
This workshop will provide participants with a holistic and practical toolkit to effectively manage conflict in the workplace, identifying diverging stakes and/or perspectives to reach a compromise by setting new goals that facilitate the transition from the comfort zone to the growth zone.

  • Dramatizing real-life scenarios of conflict in a higher education setting in pairs and developing a strategy to respond appropriately both orally and in writing.
  • Individual feedback focusing on style, register, and overall communicative effectiveness.
  • Course conclusion with tips for continuous stylistic and register development.

Day 5: Professional Presentation

  • Review
  • Discussion
  • assessment

Our Academic team would be delighted to assist you with any questions or support for a specific requirement you may wish to add on the programme.

Materials provided:  All photocopies/handouts and powerpoint presentations provided

Minimum Level of English: B1 on the CEFR (Intermediate)

Delivery: In person at Dorset College.

Active Social Programme:  We have an active social programme at the college which changes each month.

Accommodation Options:  We have a number of options that participants can choose from. You can book your own accommodation or apply for Dorset College accommodation at enquiry stage. We offer student apartments or a host family. Accommodation prices are available upon request.

Aims & Objectives

Develop skills in the areas of communication, teamwork, influencing, strategic thinking, planning and organising in academia.

  • Analyze data, identify key issues and opportunities, and develop strategies that align with the institutional goals.
  • Manage teams effectively, delegate tasks, provide feedback, and motivate team members
  • Ability to manage and identify the source of a conflict, listen actively to all parties involved, and find a resolution that satisfies everyone.
  • the ability to think creatively and innovatively and develop new approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Ability to empathize with others, manage stress and anxiety, and develop positive relationships.

Learning Outcomes

Gain the knowledge and practical team development skills required to work as an effective leader and member of a team in a Higher Education setting.   Foster competencies in communication, leadership styles, team development, motivation, and managing conflict.   Skilfully lead other people in work-related tasks and activities.

Sample Timetable

Saturday     Arrival
Sunday      Free Day
9:00 - 12:15
Welcome & Introduction to Team Development & Leadership
13:30  Dublin Walking Tour
  9:00 - 12:15  Getting the best from your people
13:30 - 15:30  Coffee and Conversation!
9:00 - 12:15
Team Leadership & Change Management
9:00 - 12:15
Conflict Management Workshop


Pub Night
9:00 - 12:15
Professional Presentation

Please Note:

***A FREE Tour is included in the package.   This is subject to change and can be discussed at the pre-departure online meeting one week before departure.  This usually takes place on a Wednesday.

Assessment & Awards

STT Invitation, Certificate of Completion, Europass, Work Plan (On Request)

More Information

What is ERASMUS+?

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe for the period 2021-2027. It plays a significant role in promoting European mobility, fostering innovation, and enhancing the quality of education and training in Europe.

The general objective of the Programme is to support, through lifelong learning, the educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport, in Europe and beyond thereby contributing to sustainable growth, quality jobs and social cohesion, to driving innovation, and to strengthening European identity and active citizenship.

Who can participate in an Erasmus+ Programme?

All education sector staff are eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funding that will allow them to take part in training programmes or collaborative projects as part of the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 programme

  • Higher Education
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Secondary and Primary Education
  • Adult Learners
  • Youth organisations
  • Sport

Erasmus+ grants are available to all staff in these sectors for courses and opportunities abroad.

Teachers, academic staff, researchers and administrative support staff can apply for Higher Education training programmes offered by Dorset College.   Courses are also available to Adult Education Colleges, Secondary, Primary and Vocational Schools, for principals, teachers and support staff.

These courses will develop your personal and professional skills and enable you to gain a deeper understanding of your field of study or professional interest.

What can I expect from the course?

On completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Get the best performance from yourself and lead teams effectively
  • Set and achieve realistic goals
  • Improve the clarity of all communications
  • Skills for planning, prioritisation and preparation
  • Ability to empathize with others, manage stress and anxiety, and develop positive relationships.
  • Ability to manage and identify the source of the conflict, listen actively to all parties involved, and find a resolution that satisfies everyone.
  • Create a culture that embraces change and innovation.

How does the Erasmus+ work?

The Erasmus+ programme provides grants to institutions and individuals to facilitate participation in training courses, exchanges and cross-country projects. Educational institutions such as universities, colleges, vocational, secondary and primary schools can apply for grants as institutions, and staff will then be invited to apply to take part in individual training programmes or to participate in project-based activities.

If you would like to apply for an Erasmus+ grant for staff training, please contact your institution’s Erasmus+ Co-ordinator for more information.

If you would like to take part in one of Dorset College’s Erasmus+ courses, please fill in the registration form for Registration Form.   We will then send the Invitation Letter, information for the mobility agreement and the preliminary training plan.  This letter may be required when applying to your institution for funding.

Your institution may ask you for the Mobility Agreement that is signed by both the sending and receiving institution, and the signatures for both the Erasmus+ co-ordinator and Dorset College Executive – you may send the Mobility agreement for signature to; [email protected].

The course profile including the learning objectives are available on each course page on this Website.

Eligible countries for Erasmus+ Funding

All EU Member States are eligible to participate fully in the Erasmus+ Programme.

In addition, the following third countries are associated to the programme:

  • Members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA): Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein;
  • Acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates: Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Türkiye and Republic of Serbia.

The EU Member States and the above mentioned third countries associated to the programme will be hereafter called “EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme”.

Click here for full details of eligible countries.

What is Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2?

Erasmus+ Key Action 1 or KA1 refers to actions which support the Learning Mobility of Individuals.  It provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals, allowing you to take international training abroad, in many European countries.

This action also supports higher education teaching and administrative staff to take part in professional development activities abroad as well as staff from the world of work to teach and train students or staff at higher education institutions. These activities may consist of teaching as well as training periods (such as job shadowing, observation periods, training courses).

Furthermore, this action supports blended intensive programmes, allowing for groups of higher education institutions to jointly develop blended mobility curricula and activities for students as well as academic and administrative staff.

The field of Education and Training:

  • Mobility projects for higher education students and staff
  • Mobility projects for Vocational learners and staff
  • Mobility projects for school pupils and staff
  • Mobility projects for adult education learners and staff

This actions supports organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth and will receive support from the Erasmus+ Programme to carry out projects promoting different types of mobility. More information HERE

Key Action 2 or KA2

Erasmus+ Key Action 2 or KA2 refers to actions based on cooperation among organisations and institutions.  This action enables participating organisations to gain experience in international cooperation and to strengthen their capacities, but also to produce high-quality innovative deliverables. The qualitative assessment of these projects will be proportional to the objectives of the cooperation and the nature of the organisations involved

The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to contribute significantly to the priorities of the programme, to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participating organisations, on the policy systems in which such Actions are framed as well as on the organisations and persons directly or indirectly involved in the organised activities.

This Key Action is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels.

Depending on the field addressed and the type of applicant, these actions are managed either by the National Agencies or by the European Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). All details about who can apply and where to apply are specified in the sections below. More information HERE

Erasmus+ Eligible for Funding at Dorset College

Dorset College provides a number of English Language and Business Courses over a 5-day training period (excluding travel).  These programmes are designed for higher Education teachers and Administrative staff, who are interested in travelling for a programme or partner country as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

You can apply for funding for an Erasmus+ course through your organisation.  Your institution may ask you for the Mobility Agreement that is signed by both the sending (your organisation) and receiving institution, (i.e. Dorset College) and the signatures for both the Erasmus+ co-ordinator and school, university or organisation.

The Mobility Agreement outlines your learning goals, rights and responsibilities.

Dorset College unique ID is:  EI0070121

  • A unique code (OID) is required to take part in Erasmus+ programmes and projects.
  • It also means that funding is only available to authentic organisations.
  • Go to European Commission website to find out more about OID’s.

How can Dorset College help you with your Application?

How can Dorset College help you with your Application?

After receiving your application, you will be contacted shortly thereafter by the Dorset College team. You will also receive the programme details and all information you need for the mobility agreement as well as your stay in Dublin.

As soon as we receive the mobility agreement signed, an invoice is generated with the training (or course) fee. Once the payment is completed the registration is finalised. It is very simple and Dorset team is ready to guide you until the end of your application.

How much is an Erasmus+ grant?

Erasmus+ grants provide a contribution to your costs for travel, subsistence and training and the amount will vary depending on:

  • The receiving country (the country to which you are travelling)
  • The level of demand from staff from your country who intend to train abroad
  • The distance between your country and the receiving country
  • The availability of other financial sources in your country or region

Please ask your Erasmus+ coordinator in your organisation, institute or school for information about the grant provided in your region.
If you need more information about the costs of Dorset College courses, please find our Price List on each course page.

If you have any questions, please contact us.