Tea and networking for award-winning MA Educational Leadership in Practice candidates

MA in educational leadership

Dr Paul Armstrong, Part-time MA Educational Leadership in Practice (ELiP) programme director, and Dr Stephen Rayner, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of The Manchester Institute of Education, served tea, information and shared knowledge with a group of prospective candidates for the ELiP programme in Dubai. 

The academic team ran through the main elements of the programme in an overview presentation, answered questions and then the group was introduced to special guest, Rayno Krige. Rayno holds a Bachelor of Education degree with specialisations in Science and Mathematics and is a student on the Part-time MA Educational Leadership in Practice programme at the University of Manchester. He started his educational journey and his career in South Africa before looking for international opportunities and transitioning to international teaching. He has seven years of teaching experience and brings a global perspective to his educational practices. Following his presentation, the group networked around the tea tables/over tea.

ELiP programme in numbers:

  • 2-year part-time study programme leading to the award of MA Educational Leadership in Practice 
  • 1 intake each year (September)
  • 2 interactive course conferences each year with world-leading academics 
  • 4 major themes – leadership, critical approach, change management, networking 

The programme, which can be customised with optional units, is delivered through the Manchester Method (learning by doing) and students can transform themselves and their careers, while continuing work. 

The degree is designed to give students the tools to be a Principal, Head, Board-Member, NGO leader, administrator, middle manager, and policy maker. Students participate in group work and discussion forums and have the chance to develop their professional networks with global educational leaders, academics, specialists, policy makers, and public figures from across the globe. ELiP helps develop intellectual skills by critically examining and analysing theoretical perspectives in educational leadership. It also develops practical skills in applying research findings to students’ various workplaces, countries and situations. 

The programme is tailored for working professionals and delivered in a flexible blended learning format which allows for self-paced study along with the online component and face-to-face workshops. The ELiP programme is faculty-led with leading academics in their fields visiting from Manchester to lead workshops hosted in Dubai. There are also dedicated careers and student & alumni teams to support students along their journey, and after graduation. Another benefit is the chance to network all over the world as part of a regional alumni community of more than 5,000 professionals, and a global community of over 500,000 alumni