Strategic Executive Development for Diverse Leaders in Higher Education

The Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to "inspire a strategic approach to making cultural and systemic changes that will make a real difference to minority ethnic staff and students". Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders continue to be under-represented in senior roles in Higher Education; when the increasing cultural diversity of the student and staff population means there are a host of benefits to be gained from a more diverse senior management. StellarHE is specifically designed to tackle this issue and supports the achievement of the RECM goals.

To register for the programme – download the enrolment form


The aim of StellarHE is to enhance and extend the leadership skills of BAME Academic and Professional staff in order to address the under-representation of BAME leaders in senior positions; and to subsequently increase the diversity of talent at executive level across the HE Sector to better reflect the diverse student population. It has been designed specifically to equip participants with leadership competencies and strategies that reflect the unique challenges and experiences of BAME staff across the HE sector.  


The programme is recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and endorsed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, (HEFCE). It is designed and delivered by the Diversity Practice Ltd who have a credible track record of supporting leaders to extend their leadership impact and influence, in addition to working with organisations to increase the diversity of their leadership pipeline. 


StellarHE is targeted at BAME individuals who aspire to senior leadership positions in Higher Education. It is aimed at professional Support Staff, Academics and Researchers at a middle to senior management level. Readiness to embark on an experiential leadership programme and availability to participate in all activities are key criteria for participation on the programme.


Participation in the StellarHE programme is supportive of the goals that many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have in working towards and sustaining the Race Equality Charter. Other benefits to participating HEIs include a successful targeted intervention to address under representation of BAME leaders in management; increase in the size and diversity of the senior management talent pool and an active cross sector network of BAME leaders contributing to strategic linkages and relationships between Institutions.

To find out more about the StellarHE 2017/18 programme download the brochure and the enrolment form.

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Previous Sponsors

University of Kingston
Imperial College
Liverpool John Moores
The University of Manchester

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