Digital leaders programme

Become the digital leader your organisation needs.

  • Online
  • 8 two-hour sessions
  • Four weeks
  • £950 - £1,475 + VAT

This course will be held on

  • 19 November, 21 November, 26 November, 28 November, 03 December, 05 December, 10 December, 12 December 2024

    • Online

What to expect

This course offers a variety of sessions and exercises to help you develop as a digital leader.

You'll collaborate with like-minded peers to explore the tools needed for effective leadership in the digital era. The programme equips you with the skills to lead and manage digitally-driven transformations across all levels of an organisation.

You'll gain insights into how digital technology is changing organisational dynamics, explore a variety of challenges and opportunities that digital leaders encounter and learn useful techniques and strategies to influence change and lead effective digital transformation in your organisation.

Join our waiting list to find out the next dates for this programme.

Training outcomes

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Define digital leadership
  • Outline and visualise your organisation’s digital practice
  • Apply a digital lens to your organisation’s strategy
  • Utilise design thinking and co-design approaches to digital transformation
  • Use data and stories to communicate digital transformation
  • Apply change management models and techniques to embed and anchor change in your organisation

By taking part in this course you can also earn digital credentials to show your achievement.

Our video explains what makes an effective digital leader and how we can support you wherever you are on your leadership journey.


The digital leaders programme is constantly evolving to keep it up to date with latest good practice for digital technology. Although some details may change and adapt, the course remains underpinned by the themes below.

Mapping digital

Work together to explore the definitions and focus of digital leadership, considering how leaders can assist complex organisations in meeting challenges. We cover the importance of mapping your own digital practice and presence to understand how you use technology professionally and personally, and what this means for making effective change in your organisation.

Digital transformation

We explore a variety of challenges and opportunities that digital leaders encounter. We encourage you to consider alternative strategies and approaches to implement and secure successful change through co-design, collaboration and effective digital leadership.

Understanding your organisation

We use a storytelling mindset and a design thinking approach to explore digital transformation in further detail. Learn useful techniques and strategies that can help influence successful behavioural and cultural change through building capability.

Becoming a digital leader

An opportunity to explore how digital leaders can make space for innovation within an organisation and develop a culture and vision to best support it. We pull together all the themes of the programme in order to consider approaches to change management, develop a strategic vision and formulate a practical roadmap for action.

Programme options

Offered in person, online or a combination of both, the programme uses effective digital technologies and an active learning approach. Our course provides participants with regular opportunities to collaborate, share experiences and network while engaging in reflective practice.

Public - In-person

Get together with like-minded peers in a relaxed environment with plenty of opportunities for networking. The programme is delivered over four days, split across two consecutive weeks and is usually located at one of our Jisc offices. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation should be booked separately.

Course fees

  • Jisc members (FE, HE and research institutions): £1150 + VAT
  • Non-profits (eligible local government, public sector, independent education providers and non-profit customers): £1400 + VAT
  • Commercial organisations (non-member commercial partners): £1900 + VAT

Public - Online

Our online learning option offers the benefit to fully engage from home or office with reduced travel time and cost. The online programme is made up of eight sessions, usually on Tuesdays (10:00-12:00) and Thursdays (14:00-16:00). All sessions are recorded allowing you to review content at your convenience.

Course fees

  • Jisc members (FE, HE and research organisations): £950 + VAT
  • Non-profits (eligible local government, public sector, independent education providers and non-profit customers): £1125 + VAT
  • Commercial organisations (non-member commercial partners): £1475 + VAT


We can also offer an in-house version of the digital leaders programme for your organisation. This can be delivered either in person, online or a combination of both.

Course fees

Available on application

Alumni experiences

  • “I wanted to do something that would give me more confidence"
    Alicia Owen, digital learning manager at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, is using her experience of the digital leaders programme to drive forward change in her organisation.
  • "It's given me a better understanding of digital technologies"
    Dr Alison Lawson, head of the division of marketing and operations at Derby Business School, shares her experience of the programme alongside other alumni.
  • "The programme enables you to meet like-minded people"
    Jo Loss and Paula Kilburn, from Essex Adult Community Learning and the Education Training Collective, share their top tips for navigating the online digital leaders programme.