Graduate summer school

24-26 July 2019 - The Practice of Ethical Leadership


The School of Education Graduate Summer School is an academic initiative for those graduates who wish to develop their professional practice and skills.

Over the course of three days attendees will join in high quality subject-specific lectures, interactive seminars and activities. Upon successful completion of the assignment 20 credits at Masters Level will be gained.

In 2019, the focus of the Summer School is The Practice of Ethical Leadership

There remains an appetite for understanding what constitutes ethical leadership given recent public scandals and a leadership landscape predicated on misdeeds. We will explore the interface between ethics and leadership and its fusion with ethical decision-making.

By examining advances in theory, critiquing empirical research and critically reflecting upon practice, the exposure to new thinking will provide students with the opportunity to evaluate, refine and elevate their own prospective (ethical) leadership skills.



As Ciulla contends, ethics is not without effort. As such, opportunities to test, challenge and reinforce this important aspect of leadership must be taken

Stephenson, 2017

Who should attend?

The Graduate Summer School appeals to a wide range of practitioners, and welcomes those from all contexts and disciplines, stages of career and experience. 

The summer school is also open to current MA Education students who wish to undertake this new module during the summer.

When and where?

The Summer School will commence on Wednesday 24 July 2019. Lectures will take place at the University of Worcester’s City Campus, a historic Georgian building and birthplace of the British Medical Association, located in the heart of Worcester.

Why attend?

The Summer School is a unique learning experience, which allows you to network with other education professionals.

Its intensive delivery makes studying compatible with your busy professional careers: you will undertake a 20 credit postgraduate module, which may allow you to gain credit towards your MA Education at UW (upon successful completion of the assignments).

You will have the opportunity to experience the University of Worcester’s School of Education and be part of its learning community while living in Worcester, an idyllic cathedral city in the heart of the English country side which combines small-town charm and big-city sophistication.

You will have access to a wide range of academic resources, including our state of the art, award-winning library, The Hive.


“It has been a fantastic week of thought provoking information which has led me to question some of my practices and encouraged me to review and evaluate my ideas and views. I know I will change some of my practices as a result. Thank you”

“I have found the whole experience very rewarding and it has opened up another horizon for me beyond my present context”

“Well presented and enjoyable summer school and much more ideal timings than other ‘distance/ PT’ learning which can lose motivation and focus.  Well laid out module”

“This has been a fabulous week with the extended learning opportunities with people from different backgrounds and contexts. Please run it again next year”


The Practice of Ethical Leadership

Indicative session topics include:

  • The Case for Ethical Leadership: the contextual landscape.
  • Ethical leadership: do we really need another leadership construct?
  • Decision-making: models, dilemmas & ideological underpinnings.
  • Constraints and enablers: what helps & what hinders ethical leadership?
  • Towards a new typology: reflecting on the practice of leading ethically.
  • Socially responsible (ethical) leadership: the missing link.

The format for each day will vary, but a typical day could include:

  • Lecture/ interactive workshop
  • Refreshment break
  • Lecture/interactive workshop
  • Lunch break
  • Lecture/ library induction/tutorial

Dr Marie Stephenson will be leading this Summer School. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester School of Education.

Marie has a number of specialisms, which include Qualitative Research approaches, Research Ethics and Philosophy of Education. Marie spent time in the USA delivering on the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program at the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education & Human Development. 

Marie’s doctoral thesis concerned “Ethical decision-making: Learning from Prominent Leaders in Not-for-Profit Organisations”. The research has provided insights into the ethical leader mindset, particularly how elite or specialised  individuals maintain their moral compass in morally intense situations in value expressive organisations and contexts. The research contribution adds to the field by linking individual ethical awareness with that of the organisation, and as corollary, society. 


The Graduate Summer School will provide attendees the opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of the key enablers to ethical leadership.
  • Explore research and theory relating to the role of ethics in leadership.
  • Evaluate and develop strategies to support leadership in challenging times and contexts.
  • Identify and reflect on what helps and hinders decision-making, focusing on personal and professional perspectives.
  • Foster leadership growth and accelerate development in relation to self and organisational others.
  • Understand how leadership impacts upon society.


How much will the Summer School cost?

Bookings received by 31 May 2019: £785
Bookings made from 1 June 2019:  £820

What is included?

  • Tuition fees
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Social activity

Please note this is a non-residential fee. If you require accommodation please get in touch with the CPD Office at

How to apply

Applying for the Graduate Summer School could not be easier. Just complete the relevant application form below and send it us via email or by post:

Continuing Professional Development Office
University of Worcester 
Henwick Grove

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Graduate Summer School course leader for assessment. We will endeavor to give you an answer within 2 weeks of receipt.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. Places cannot be guaranteed for applications received after that date.

Application forms

To apply please download and complete the Graduate Summer School application pack (new students to University of Worcester).

If you are a current or former University of Worcester Education student, please the internal application form.

Please note you should hold a first degree or equivalent. If English is not your first language you should provide an English language certificate (i.e. IELTS 6.5).

Travelling to Worcester

The Graduate Summer School will be held at our City Campus. The postal address is:

The University of Worcester
City Campus
Castle Street


Arriving by train

Our City Campus is less than a 5-minute walk from Worcester Foregate Street Station. When exiting the station turn right along Foregate Street, after 200m turn left down Castle Street. The City Campus will be on your left after 200m.

Birmingham International Airport is approximately 1 hour by train to Worcester. An airport train service connects to the main train station Birmingham New Street. From here there is a regular service to Hereford, which calls at our Worcester stations.

The train will usually depart from platform 12 at Birmingham New Street, and takes around 50 minutes to get to Worcester stations. The closest train station to the university is Worcester Foregate Street.

There are excellent transport links between the London airports and Worcester. From London Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Express takes 15 minutes to reach London Paddington leaving every 15 minutes.

From here, there are direct services to Worcester stations, which last approximately 2 hours.

Contact us

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Office:


Call:    01905 855056