Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

2021 Barcelona Winter School Programme

Online Sessions

Date & time
Session titleFocus and objectives
Wednesday 24 March
12:00 to 12:30 CET
Introduction to the Winter School
  • Programme objectives, pedagogic shape and assessment
  • Programme themes: Case studies (achieving strategic change); teams and teamwork; leadership and followership
  • Getting the most from your Winter School experience
  • Explanation of participant team roles
12:30 to 13:30 CETS.1.2
Introduction to your teams
  • Awareness of teams multi-cultural/national character; impacts on team communications and performance
Thursday 22 April
12:00 to 13:30 CEST
Leadership & followership
  • From inhibitors (to team performance) to team strengths and competence gaps
  • How to use and not to use the MTRI tool
  • Framework for out-of-session discussions
Thursday 20 May
12:00 to 13:30 CEST
Achieving sustainable changes in strategy and policy
  • Introduction to core underlying School theme: how to achieve sustainable strategic change
  • To refresh understanding of pre-reading material (Rumelt and Kotter frameworks)
  • Follow-up work required and link to the School tasks
Thursday 10 June
12:00 to 12:45 CEST
Global engagement strategy
  • Link between strategy development and execution in relation to global engagement
12:45 to 13:30 CESTS4.2
Introducing the two case studies
  • Introduction of case material to the six teams
  • Reiteration of the importance of drawing on knowledge and skills from previous sessions
  • Q&As from teams and participants to the presenters
Wednesday 29 September
12:00 to 12:45 CEST
Analysis of the case studies
  • Using the MTR-I ‘wheel’, the Rumelt & Kotter frameworks
  • Clarity on task outcomes required and the teams’ plans of action to achieve these outcomes
12:45 to 13:00 CESTS5.2
Preparing for the residential programme
  • Final preparations and actions prior to the residential programme

Onsite Programme (Barcelona)

Date & time
Session titleFocus and objectives
Sunday 24 October
15:00 to 18:00
(followed by networking reception and dinner)
Welcome and introduction in Barcelona
  • Welcome and opening
  • About Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona School of Management
  • Higher education in a post-Covid world
Monday 25 October
09:00 to 17:00
(followed by networking reception)
Internationalisation and sustainable global engagement
  • The new forms of internationalisation and sustainable global engagement: trends; governance; models; strategic, academic and stakeholders’ engagement
  • Risks associated to internationalisation and global engagement
  • Student engagement in university governance

Case sessions: teams working on cases (from 15:00)

Tuesday 26 October
09:00 to 17:00
(following by networking activity in Barcelona and dinner)

Digitalisation strategies in higher education


Measuring institutional impact

  • Systemic digitalisation: a root and branch change to higher education operating models
  • Approaches to digitalisation & selected cases
  • ‘Impact’: a new buzzword or a fundamental shift in HE policy and financing?
  • Models of assessing and measuring impact in different HE systems

Case sessions: Groups working on cases (from 14:00)

Wednesday 27 October
09:00 to 17:00
(followed by evening working dinner on case study)

Talent Management


Case Study session

  • Contemporary organisation development in higher education: the journey so far
  • Learning from other sectors

Discussing the cases: Conversations with senior officers from the institutions. Following up on teamwork done in online sessions

Case sessions: Groups working on cases (from 15:00)

Thursday 28 October
09:00 to 17:00
(followed by dinner)
Integrating financial and academic strategy
  • Financial strategy as an enabler of academic strategy
  • Principles and practices
  • Putting theory into practice

Case sessions: Groups working on cases (from 13:30); submission – 16:00

Friday 29 October
09:00 to 13:00
(followed by lunch)
Feedback session – group work
  • Teams presenting their cases and receiving feedback
  • Closing session (including overall feedback, graduation, evaluation)

Please note: the schedule of events in this programme outline may be subject to marginal change. At the time of writing HUMANE and UPF Barcelona School of Management fully intend to deliver the residential component of the Winter School. If however, public health restrictions associated with the COVID pandemic require it to be postponed, participants will be notified with as much notice as possible