Trinity Laban is offering an opportunity to take part in a free online, 7-month long Action Learning Set.
The scheme is open to 6 project managers from across the UK with around 3-5 years-experience who currently work in any art form in Learning & Participation.
What is Action Learning?
Action Learning is a framed professional development process which involves working with a small group and a facilitator over a defined period. Together group members work to find practical solutions to their own challenges through a process of thoughtful questioning. In this way, group members uncover their own solutions.
The theory of Action Learning and its epistemological position were originally developed by Reg Revans (1982), who applied the method to support organisational and business development initiatives and improve on problem solving efforts.
The process is different from traditional learning in that Set members:
- make a shared commitment to real action and change
- become mentors to each other – learning with and through each other
- are expected to ask questions, seek answers, gain support and expect challenge
- need to be positive and open-minded about issues/problems being discussed and possible solutions
- work on real problems and implement solutions – i.e. development which is learning by doing
- all discussions are confidential to the group
Who can apply?
We are looking for project managers who currently work in any art form in Learning & Participation focused activity and who are working at around the same level of experience, in this case around 3-5 years of professional experience.
We welcome project managers from around the UK and would particularly welcome individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented within the arts.
We ask all participants to commit to attend the full run of the Action Learning Set. The process is reliant upon the consistency of input and attendance. We are able to offer a place on the Action Learning Set for free (the fully funded cost of each place on the Set is around £570 and we ask applicants to consider this when committing to attend). The process is reliant upon the consistency of input and attendance.
Due to the implications of COVID-19, all sessions will be delivered online via Zoom or similar online software. Participants should ensure they have access to a quiet space for each session with a good internet connection where they can talk and listen confidentially using headphones.
2021 Session dates
Thursday 14th January
Thursday 4th February
Thursday 4th March
Thursday 25th March
Thursday 6th May
Thursday 3rd June
Thursday 1st July
Reflection and evaluation are important elements of any learning process and we are also keen to evaluate the process and its impact for those taking part. We will do this through online questionnaires with those taking part, undertaken at the start, middle and end of the Set to help us assess the value, effectiveness and success of the project.
Those taking part are also encouraged to reflect on the process, through journaling and evaluative questions, which will support you in embedding and acting upon learning.
Those taking part will be asked to work within boundaries around confidentiality and respect as part of the process. All information and opinions shared during sessions are to be treated as confidential unless agreed by members of the set.
Confidentiality should only be broken when,
- there is convincing evidence of serious danger or harm to the set, a member of the set or others if information is withheld from an appropriate third party – e.g. facilitator, or Trinity Laban
- there is convincing evidence that the set, a member of the set or others are assisting or colluding in conduct which is dishonest, unlawful, unprofessional or discriminatory
Concerns and Complaints
If a member of the set has a concern or complaint, in the first instance they should speak to the facilitator. Concerns and complaints should, wherever possible, be investigated and resolved by the individuals concerned however, if this is not appropriate or after initial action the concern or complaint has not been resolved, the complainant may approach Trinity Laban.
Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020
Please note in the event that the Action Learning Set is oversubscribed, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and/or professional need assessed from your application. We plan to run further Action Learning Sets in the future if you are unsuccessful this time.
Need more help?
If you have any questions about the scheme or difficulties accessing or completing the form please contact L&PEnquiries@trinitylaban.ac.uk