Flying Higher

Flying Higher (previously The Aspiring Registrar’s Programme) is aimed at senior university staff looking to move into the role of Registrar / Chief Operating Officer. It comprises a 2.5 day residential, individual coaching, learning sets and workshop.

The next iteration will take place in Spring 2020.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the AHUA office.




Who Should Attend

Flying Higher is aimed at individuals actively considering a move into the most senior Professional Services position in the university, a role which may be titled Registrar, Chief Operating Officer, Head of University Administration, or University Secretary. It offers participants a unique opportunity to explore this diverse and challenging role, and to reflect on their readiness for this, or indeed other leadership positions.

The Programme is suitable for those currently working at the level of Director/Head of any of the principal Administrative and Professional Service functions or Deputy Registrar. The nature of this Programme means that it will appeal to those wishing to take stock of their career and maximise their potential.

Participants are likely to have been operating at their current level for 3-5 years, be reporting to the Registrar / COO and be on the cusp of applying for a more senior role.

Programme Focus

  • Understanding the variety of ways in which the Registrar role is carried out across the sector and the opportunities this presents;
  • Assessing your readiness for such a leadership position and the importance of having the right ‘fit’ in terms of role and institution;
  • Exploring the complex set of relationships between senior figures in the university structure;
  • Increasing your self-awareness and the understanding of your strengths and development needs.

Programme Includes

  • A development one-to-one session with a Programme Director at both the start and finish of the programme;
  • A residential programme with both practical input and space for reflection;
  • Contributions from an experienced Registrar, a newly appointed Registrar, as well as a Vice Chancellor and Registrar from the same organisation on the demands of the role and what senior colleagues will expect of you;
  • Four full-day action-learning sessions – facilitated by an experienced coach;
  • A workshop on preparing to apply for your next role in order to maximise your chances of success.

Programme Structure

The Programme takes place across 9.5 days over 12 months. It begins with a one-to-one meeting with a Programme Director (who is also a professional coach), providing the chance to prepare for the Programme and explore your specific development needs. This is followed by a residential programme, four action learning sets and a workshop dedicated to equipping participants for the appointment process.

Programme Dates

Programme dates for the next programme (starting in September 2017)

Individual one-to-one session:

w/c 18th September 2017 (London)

Residential Programme:

From 6pm on 3rd October to 5pm on 5th October 2017 (Rookery Hall, Cheshire)

Action learning set sessions:

23rd November 2017, 25th January 2018, 22nd March 2018, 17th May 2018 (hosted by participating institutions.  Participants will be placed in sets at the Residential and venues agreed then).  Meetings tends to start at 9.30 and finish by 16.30.

Final workshop:

5th July 2018 (London).  This will be based at WallaceSpace St Pancras, starting at 9.30 and finishing at 16.30.

Individual one-to-one sessions:

w/c 10th September 2018 (London)

Programme Fee

Programme Fee: £4,750

How To Apply

This Programme is regularly over-subscribed and a review meeting will be held to assess all applications together.  Your attention is therefore drawn to the following requirements as well as the closing date:

  • Please complete the application form
  • Send a one page personal statement outlining your experience and explaining your motivation for seeking to join the programme
  • Include a current copy of your CV
  • Include a letter of committment from your Registrar/ COO confirming that the time and funding needed to successfully complete the programme are available and that you fulfil the required criteria.

For more information please contact Catherine Webb , AHUA’s Executive Secretary.

For terms and conditions relating to all AHUA events and programmes, please see the resources section below.

Related Resources

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Terms and Conditions

18th April 2016

Flying Higher 2017: Brochure

20th February 2017

Flying Higher 2017: Application Form

20th February 2017