Action Learning Sets

A powerful development experience for senior leaders - they bring people together to exchange, support and challenge each other in action and learning

Action Learning Sets

Action Learning Sets are a powerful development experience for senior leaders - they bring people together to exchange, support and challenge each other in action and learning. BUFDG is partnering with ARMA, AUDE, CHEIA,  HESPA, SCONUL, UCISA and UHR, to offer Action Learning Sets to senior leaders in Finance (deputy/heads of department level or equivalent).

What is an Action Learning Set?

An Action Learning Set is a small, confidential forum where each participant brings to the set an organisational task, problem, challenge or opportunity on which they intend to act. Having presented the issue to the group, other participants pose questions and raise discussions which help the presenter create insight and options for action. A structured process, supported by a skilled facilitator, is used to ensure everyone has personal 'air-time' as well as the opportunity to contribute to the learning of others. It is through the experience of taking action on return to the workplace that promotes reflection, learning and personal development.

What are the benefits?

Input from other senior leaders across a variety of roles and disciplines who will challenge your thinking and offer a fresh perspective. Development of your active listening and questioning skills. Exposure to a variety of new and different challenges in other institutions. Consolidation of learning over a medium to long term period, rather than a one-off experience. Development of a trusted network of peers who normally continue to share thinking long after the formal ‘end’ of the action set series.

What do delegates think of Action Learning Sets?

Feedback from delegates: 

The most empowering self-reflection development I have undertaken

I would recommend to anyone wanting a leadership development programme that really has impact and the ability to transform your working practice

insightful and thought provoking

this experience will stay with me as one of the most significant to date in terms of my personal and professional development

the best supportive network to reflect and challenge your thinking


More details

Each Action Learning Set includes four development days, spread out across eight months. A facilitator joins the group for each of these development days. The Action Learning Sets cost £595 (plus VAT) per individual for the full programme. 

We are currently planning our next round of Action Learning Sets. Please contact Rachel for further information.  



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