Academi Wales Summer School

Call for Applications - application forms to be completed and returned to Development and Training Services no later than 14 March 2018. No direct applications to Academi Wales will be accepted.

Summer School is aimed at Senior Leaders and Managers who influence and shape the delivery of our business and who are engaged in leading change. It is an intensive, five-day residential learning experience bringing together leaders and managers to address key issues on a specific leadership topic.

This years theme - ‘Leading by Choice: Bravery, leadership on the line’- makes it particularly relevant for those who are working through challenging times and seeking to make significant improvements to Institutional business.

Dates: 25 to 29 June 2018

Cost: £500 (to be met locally) which covers a contribution to learning costs for the event, accommodation and food.

Location: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter (residential)

Audience: Managers and leaders from across the public and third sector in Wales


Speakers for 2018 include:

  • Dame Louise Casey - Louise has constantly delivered brave and innovative solutions to major long standing social policy problems for the government ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour.
  • Eugene Sadler-Smith - Eugene is a professor of Organisational Behaviour, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK. His current research interests are intuition and hubris in organisation, management and leadership.
  • Michael West - Michael is Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund, London and Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books and has published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books.
  • Naomi Stanford - Naomi is an organisation design practitioner teacher and author of a number of books, such as 'Organization Design: Engaging with Change', and 'Organization Design: the Collaborative Approach'

Applications should be made through Swansea Universities Academi Wales contact, Charlotte Morgans via


Programme overview

The theme of this year’s Summer School is ‘Leading by Choice – bravery, leadership on the line’.

Great leaders are often defined by their successes. These successes often cannot be achieved in isolation, they are only achieved by:

  • working with others to understand and motivate and to build skills and confidence being authentic, driven by purpose, true to their values and the passions they convey to others
  • being aware of their own strengths and also, some of the self-imposed barriers that can arise in the course of their work and interactions
  • using their emotional intelligence to work most effectively with teams and individuals, and
  • being resilient in terms of challenge and change.

Ultimately there is no prescriptive formula for leadership success but there are key skills, crucial knowledge and critical behaviours which help build, enable and drive the type of leadership needed for the future.

The Summer School 2018 learning programme has been developed to help you identify your own formula for leadership success. We will focus on surfacing how you lead by choice, are brave in your decision making and are willing to be adaptable in your approach - potentially even risking your own significance and putting your leadership on the line. The week will provide learning that will add value and help you create success in your role, with your team and for your organisation.

Find out more about this year's theme in the Summer School 2018 brochure ( Ysgol Haf Gwasanaethau Cyhoeddus Cymru Summer School 2018


Places for Summer School will be awarded through a competitive selection process as outlined below.




Potential candidates who are interested in attending the full programme should complete the attached application form and send through to NO LATER THAN 14 March 2018

Please note - funding via your College or Department of £500 (plus VAT) must be secured as a contribution towards learning costs and details provided on your application.

14 March 2018

Click to download an application form

ffurflen gais ar gyfer yr Ysgol Haf 2018

Objectives & Outcomes Application (English)

View the guidance notes here:

Canllawiau ar amcanion a chanlyniadau personol a sefydliadol 2018

Guidance on objective and outcomes 2018

Internal applications are assessed and Institutional nominations are confirmed

14 March 2018 - all applications to be sent to 

13 April 2018- Academic Wales online application for successful nominees

Successful nominees will be asked complete the online application via Academi Wales no later than 13 April

Selection Process for places across the public sector and third sectors in Wales (an Academi Wales process)

End April


Institutional Briefing event for ‘successful’ candidates

7 June 2018


Residential Summer School 25 - 29 June 2018

25 - 29 June 2018


Follow-up evaluation

Post event

Purpose is to capture good practice and return on investment for Individual / College / Department and Institution.

By completing and returning the application form you are confirming that you wish to attend the Wales Public Service Summer School 2018. You will also be confirming that you wish to attend for the full duration of the residential course which will be held at Lampeter.


There is a nominal cost for Summer School of £500 plus VAT which covers a contribution to learning costs for the event. Potential delegates should ensure that they have secured funding through their Department or College to meet these costs prior to application.

Please note that should you be awarded a place at Summer School and then withdraw from the programme, your Department or College may be required to pay the full cost.