South West Leadership Academy

Interdisciplinary Thinking

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This programme has now closed, if you would like to hear about any future programmes, please complete the expression of interest form below

This offer is an integrated multiple-part experience that has been designed to introduce, explore, and apply interdisciplinary thinking to leadership. 

This is a three-part series; participants are invited to attend all three parts or attend part one or part one and two only. Part three will be launched later this year and those that have completed parts one and two will be welcome to apply bringing along a team they are part of to experience the application of interdisciplinary thinking to an issue. This programme will also deliver asynchronous media to support the learning of delegates across this programme.

Target audience

This offer is open to NHS and Healthcare colleagues within the South West region. We also encourage registrations from colleagues who are under-represented in our programmes, including: transgender colleagues, colleagues under the age of 25 and above the age of 55, ethnic minorities (including non-British colleagues) and colleagues currently on parental leave

Part one: Discover Interdisciplinary Thinking (fully booked)

14th September, 1400-1600, Delivered virtually via Zoom

Leadership development can often promote what feels like conflicting messages. As leaders we’re meant to be strategic, vision-led, and see the big picture, whilst also being sensitive, humane and responsive to subjective perspectives. We’re meant to trust our gut – but not when it’s biased; be data-driven – but was that with “big data” or “street data”?; keep our feet on the ground – but not lose the wood for the trees.

All of this leadership advice has an empirical basis. It all builds on expert perspectives, in the same way that our day-to-day work and the design of our systems is guided by evidence with its roots in robust intellectual inquiry. But that doesn’t stop it often seeming messy, or difficult to achieve in reality.

Interdisciplinary practice is a bridging point between the personal and the intellectual, the professional and the academic. It’s a chance to break out of our silos, while acknowledging quite how hard that is.

To learn more about how interdisciplinary practice could help you, express an interest for our event on 14th September (1400 – 1600) for the Discovery of Interdisciplinary Thinking session, led by Dr Amelia Peterson and Professor Carl Gombrich.

We are now fully booked for part one, to express an interest and/or add your details to our waiting list, please follow the link below and fully complete the expression of interest form. 

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Part two: Interdisciplinarity as a Leadership Practice – Building capacity for recovery and growth in systems (fully booked)

Starting 12th October, Delivered virtually via Zoom

Interdisciplinary practice is about learning to make sense of the knowledge, advice and data we get from different sources. It is, if you like, a kind of ‘meta-expertise’. More straightforwardly, it’s about learning to operate in information-rich environments. While disciplines equip us with specific lenses, tools and vocabulary, interdisciplinary practice helps us to see the world, identify and engage with the diverse information types we need, and collaborate effectively with colleagues beyond our own areas of specialism.

Programme contents

This series of four online workshops has been specifically designed for NHS leaders, to support you in your work within complex teams and systems. We’ll start by focusing on the nature of expertise itself, its limits as well as its varieties, and how to become an expert in less than 10,000 hours. We’ll then look at different versions of complexity, and use interdisciplinary tools to develop a more concrete understanding of leadership in complex systems. We’ll get to grips with (or relax into!) ambiguity and uncertainty, looking at the way different disciplines create certainty, and how an interdisciplinary approach helps us hold onto these tools, but only for as long as we need them. And we’ll finish with evidence, and ways to be evidence-based, beyond ‘what works’.

The programme structure

Attendance will be required for all workshops, all workshops will be delivered via Zoom.

  • Workshop 1, 12th October 2021 (1400 – 1600)

Becoming an expert in fewer than 10,000 hours.

  • Workshop 2, 9th November 2021 (1400 – 1600)

Seeing the wood and the trees.

  • Workshop 3, 7th December 2021 (1400 – 1600)

Taking multiple perspectives, strengthening bifocals.

  • Workshop 4, 12th January 2022 (1400 – 1600)

Being evidenced based, beyond ‘what works’.

Additional support available

Following workshop 1, you will have the opportunity to book in for further conversations with our facilitators and fellow participants about implementing your learning in practice.

These additional sessions are optional and will be held between 1600 – 1700 following workshops 2, 3 and 4. You will be able to book your place closer to the time, places will be limited on these sessions.

Programme facilitators

Dr Amelia Peterson (pronouns She/Her), is a social scientist with a background in policy and consulting. Amelia studies education reforms and their relationship to social, geographic and labour market inequalities.

Prior to joining London Interdisciplinary School (LIS), Amelia was an London School of Economics (LSE) Fellow in Social Policy. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Education Policy and Programme Evaluation and a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology, both from Harvard University. During her studies, she was a Harvard Inequality and Social Policy Fellow, as well as a junior visiting scholar in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford. Amelia also has a first class degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.

Prof. Carl Gombrich (pronouns He/Him), was a Professorial Teaching Fellow of Interdisciplinary Education at University College London (UCL) and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002.

In 2010, he was appointed Programme Director of the interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BASc) programmes and led the design, development, launch and implementation of the degree, from a first cohort of 84 students in 2012 to a steady state of over 450 students in 2018.

Applying for the Interdisciplinary Thinking Exploratory – Part two

In order to apply for part two of the programme, you will need to be available for all the workshop dates listed above. We are asking that you have a conversation with your Line Manager before submitting an application to ensure you are supported in attending this programme and embedding the learning.

Please follow the link below and fully complete the online registration for the programme.

Applications will be closing at 5pm, Friday 17 September. A shortlisting process will take place and you will be informed of your application outcome on Friday 24th September.

By applying, you are agreeing to a cancellation charge of £250, you will be liable for this fee if you are successful in obtaining a place and then withdraw from the programme or are successful and do not attend the sessions listed above.

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