Learning Sets

Access to a network of peers with whom to share and discuss current issues in a confidential and supportive environment is invaluable. AHUA Learning Sets make this happen by bringing together members in small groups of 6-8 people, initially for five facilitated sessions, to focus on topical work-based issues and explore effective ways of dealing with them.

The purpose of learning sets, also called action learning sets, is to offer an ongoing process of learning and reflection as part of a group.  Set members work with each other on a ‘live issue', offering challenge and support to each other as they consider the issues. It is a collaborative learning approach building on the relationship between experience (action) and reflection.  The AHUA has a successful track record of offering learning sets; over 100 members are either taking part or have participated in an AHUA set to date.

Sets meet on a regular basis (approximately every two months) for five meetings.  Members have dinner together the evening before and then meet the following day, usually from 9.30 to 16.30.  Sets are hosted by the participants and venues are decided at the first meeting.

The next set will start in Autumn 2020.  If you are interested and able to make the following dates, including the evenings before, please contact Catherine Webb, AHUA Executive Secretary, by 31 January 2020.  This set will be facilitated by Rachel Holmes:

  • 17 September 2020
  • 26 November 2020
  • 4 February 2021
  • 15 April 2021
  • 24 June 2021

If you are interested in joining a set but can't make the above dates, please contact Catherine who will let you know when future sets take place.

Members' comments on their experiences

"I found that being part of a learning set created the time and space to reflect, share experiences and learn, in a way that could never have been achieved in the midst of a hectic normal working day/life.  The value of doing this with a small group of trusted colleagues cannot be underestimated.  It has made me a better person - professionally and personally".

Patrick Hackett, Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, University of Manchester

"Meeting such delightful people through the learning set has helped me to see the real benefits of AHUA membership and enabled me to build a strong network.  I have been able to draw on a range of professional experiences and background in discussing live issues with supportive and expert colleagues".

Louise Nadal, School Secretary, LSE

 

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