DPLoE supports those leading, or aspiring to lead, on engagement within their institution to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities to manage engagement performance, strategy, and funding in a rapidly changing engagement landscape. This programme has been designed for both academics and those working in professional services within global institutions, and aims to create a self-sustaining international cohort through a combination of expert input, peer support and networking opportunities.


Learning Outcomes
  • Build and enhance your skills and competencies to be more effective in leading and/or managing engagement in a school or department;
  • Explore how engagement as a strategy relates to and supports other portfolios and the wider business of business and management schools;
  • Develop an understanding of engagement opportunities – thinking about different beneficiaries and the intended outcomes of engagement;
  • Learn about different forms of engagement and the possibilities and challenges associated with supporting colleagues to be more engaged academics;
  • Work towards your professional development and objectives in the context of your institution’s engagement priorities.

 The programme consists of 3 in-person and 1 online session to facilitate inclusion of international delegates.

The new DPLoE is delivered as four sessions intended to explore and inspire participants to think imaginatively about how they lead engagement in their own institutions, by creating a culture that encourages, enables and supports colleagues to engage with individuals and organisations in what they do. The programme is structured around the following topics:

  • What is engagement and where does it take place?
  • Engagement as strategy
  • Engaging with who, why & how
  • Supporting and scaling engagement
  • Embedding engagement

Session 1 - Engagement as Strategy (in-person)

Date: 28th November & 29th November 2024

Location: Birmingham, STEAMhouse TBC

Session 2 - Engaging with Who, Why and How (Online)

Date: 16th & 17th January 2025

Venue: Online

Session 3 - Supporting and Scaling Engagement (in-person)

Date: 27th & 28th March 2025

Venue: BAM Office, Central London

Session 4 - Embedding and Evaluating of Engagement (in-person)

Date: 5th & 6th June 2025

Venue: BAM Office, Central London

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A participant will not be awarded a certificate of completion if they fail to attend more than one session.

All modules are 24 hour 'lunch-to-lunch' sessions, the usual format being:

Day one

12:00 Registration & lunch

13:00 Day One session starts

The programme will include break(s)

17:00 Day One session concludes

19:00 Dinner

Day Two

08:30 Refreshments

09:00 Day Two session starts

The programme will include break(s)

12:00 Day Two programme concludes 

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Professor Tim Vorley is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School and leads on Entrepreneurship and Enterprise cross the University. His research is on entrepreneurship, enterprise and regional economic development. He works extensively with government departments and has been involved in a number of projects examining the impact of Covid-19 on small and micro businesses.

Tim has led and participated in several large projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), and Horizon Europe. He currently leads the Innovation Caucus funded by ESRC and Innovate UK, was Co-Director of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network, and PI of the NextGenPSF project funded by UKRI to accelerate AI Readiness in law and accountancy firms.

Tim is a member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Skills and Talent Advisory Group, and chairs the ESRC’s Transforming Business through Social Science advisory group. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Small Business Charter, created by Lord Young, which is leading the delivery of the Help to Grow Management programme through business schools across the UK.

Tim is also Vice-Chair of the Small Business Charter, created by Lord Young to recognise business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses and student entrepreneurship.



Programme fee: £4,275

Booking deadline: 13th November 2024, 17:00 UK time

If you are planning to attend the programme and are awaiting funding, please complete your expression of interest by clicking here.

Note: Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive more than one registration from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend in the same cohort. The cohort is limited to a maximum of 25. Once all places are taken, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

For enquiries or questions, please contact: Ambra Risca at [email protected]


"Being part of this programme has been transformative for me in several ways.  Firstly, it clearly convinced me, and indeed others within my own institution, that engagement is becoming ever more important within Business Schools and Universities.  Secondly, the access to Vice Chancellors, Deans and key senior voices within the academic engagement environment such as UKRI has been seriously impressive - they’ve provided me with strategies and concepts that can help my engagement work to have a greater institutional impact. Thirdly, the cohort itself provided a wealth of different ideas and points of connection which I will undoubtedly call upon in the future, let alone being the support network required when pursuing ‘the third mission’! 

I recommend this programme to anybody who is keen to learn more about the power of increasing engagement activity within their institution and critically, how to actually achieve it.  You’ll learn a lot, meet all the right people and be energised to powerfully use University engagement activity with new passion and inspiration."

Sarah Lethbridge, Pro Dean of External Engagement, Cardiff University


"The best aspects of the DPDoE programme were the opportunity to connect, share and learn from peers across the UK as well as gain access to knowledgeable and candid guest speakers from various HEI stakeholder groups.  It was helpful to temporarily step away from the day job, reflect on the topics discussed, and I came away with a long list of ideas to help deliver my strategic plans."

Hazel Kennedy, External Engagement Manager, The University of Liverpool


'Participating in this training was transformative; it crystalized my understanding of engagement's pivotal role in academia, equipping me with invaluable insights that I now apply in my role as Director of Engagement'

Annelies Clusters, Director of Engagement

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment for the event must be received before the start date of the event concerned. Access will not be permitted to the event if full payment has not been received. 


  • Cancellations received within 14 days of booking your place on the event will receive a full refund. 

  • Cancellations received after the 14-day cancellation period and later than 14 days before the start date of the event will not be eligible for a refund.  

  • Although we endeavour to run all events as advertised, BAM reserves the right to cancel any event if, for example, there are not enough people to justify running the event or if other significant unforeseen circumstances arise. Please be aware that delegates are always responsible for ensuring their own travel and accommodation against cancellation, and the British Academy of Management is not able to reimburse anyone for these under any circumstances.  

To cancel a booking a cancellation request must be submitted via your BAM Account, to do this:

  • Go to your BAM Account
  • Click 'My Events'
  • Under 'Upcoming Events' will be the booking, please click Cancel Booking
  • Follow the steps and complete the request