Welcome from the Vice Chancellor and overview of MALP 

MALP 2011 to 2012

MALP 2014 to 2015

MALP 2016

Contact Information 

Welcome from the Vice Chancellor and overview of MALP

The Management and Leadership Program (MALP) was established in 2011 as a formal program of professional development for School Deans and academic leaders.  The Program addresses issues and strategies in managing and leading academic units and provides an opportunity for networking amongst this key group of University leaders and managers.

School Deans and academic leaders play a critical leadership role in delivering the strategic objectives of the University with high quality outcomes in both education and research.  Our academic leaders represent the interface between policy and practice and I expect their input to form an important part of policy development.

The Program seeks to assist individuals in meeting the challenges of being an academic leader and it also responds to Key Strategy 7: Valuing People in our Strategic Plan, where we have committed to ‘nurture leadership skills and identify and develop outstanding leaders with high standards of staff management at all levels of the University'.

This is an excellent opportunity for leaders of the University to engage with the Program and I look forward to your participation.

Professor Colin J Stirling Vice-Chancellor

Aims of the Program

The aims of the program are to:

  • Explore leadership in a university context;
  • Provide a Flinders' strategic context for the role of School Deans / Associate Deans (School of Medicine);
  • Build capacity for accountability of quality and performance management of Schools;
  • Facilitate networking with peers; and
  • Identify further development needs and options.

The role of a Dean is very broad and demands expertise and knowledge in many different areas, e.g. financial management, people management, risk management, quality improvement and planning and compliance.

Many Deans find themselves in the role with little preparation for these varied demands and the Management and Leadership Program is a structured approach to building capacity and is primarily designed to provide support for Deans. 

MALP Brochure

See MALP 2011-2012 Brochure (PDF 357KB) . (This brochure was provided to participants on 23 June 2011)


MALP 2011-2012

Information about the original MALP sessions, including presentations, handouts, and schedule, can be found here.


MALP 2014-2015

Information about the 2014-2015 MALP sessions, including presentations, handouts, and schedule, can be found here.


MALP 2016

Module 1:  Initiatives and progress for 2016

Held on Wednesday, 17th February 2016, from 9.00am to 12.00pm Rooms 1.23, 1.27 and 1.28 Health Sciences Building

Facilitated by:

Professor Joe Shapter

Special Guest:

Professor Colin Stirling, Vice-Chancellor Mr Stuart Mossman, Interim Vice-President (Corporate Services)


Module 2:  In conversation with the DVC (Students)

Held on Thursday, 21 April 2016, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm The Studio, Professional Services Building

Facilitated by:

Professor Joe Shapter

Special Guest:

Professor Clare Pollock, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)


Module 3:  Academic structures

Held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, from 9.30am to 12.30pm Council Room, Registry Building

Facilitated by:

Professor John Roddick and Professor Diana Glenn

Special Guest:

Steve Barrett, Director People and Culture


Module 4:  Proposal for colleges structure and University budget

Held on Thursday, 18 August 2016, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library

Facilitated by:

Professor George Crowder

Special Guests:

Prof Warren Lawrance  Prof Clare Pollock, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Richard Porter, Chief Financial Officer Stuart Mossman, Interim Vice-President (Corporate Services) Steve Barrett, Director People and Culture

Presentation / handouts:

University Finance Presentation by Richard Porter - MALP August 2016 (PDF 322KB)


Module 5:  Update on change and restructure

Held on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, from 12.30pm to 4.00pm, Council Room, Registry


The MALP is currently in hiatus pending outcomes of the change programs.


Contact Information

MALP Participants

A list showing name, School and email address for the 2016 participants is available here:

MALP participants - September 2016 (PDF 31KB)

MALP Enquiries

Any enquiries about the MALP can be directed to

Naomi Madsen, Manager Professional Development Unit, naomi.madsen@flinders.edu.au


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