The University of Northampton, in collaboration with Keele University, has been successful in receiving £10,000 from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to explore the dynamics of formal and informal leadership practices and strategies and to make evidence-based recommendations for programmes and interventions suited to promote the career development of ‘leaders’ at all levels.

The Project

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • to explore how academics, professional services, managers, governors and formal leaders different views about change and leadership impact on their ability to manage and respond to culture change
  • to provide a comprehensive account of the role that formal and informal leadership can play as a catalyst to change

The project will consist of two phases, an initial phase which will involve a literature review and the development of a survey instrument which will be circulated to staff and stakeholders in the higher education sector. The second phase will involve semi-structured interviews with those engaged in the initial survey and others.


  • September 2016 – over 300 responses to our survey have been received so far and in order to seek further views, we have extended the deadline for comments to 30 September 2016. You can access the survey online
  • August 2016 – The team is pleased to announce the launch of the survey which can be accessed online
  • April 2016 – The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has announced the projects that have been awarded funding in the most recent round, in this LFHE news release.

Project Team Members

The University of Northampton

Keele University