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We meet on the first Wednesday of March, July and December each year at a different venue.

2017 MSDP Dates

  • Wednesday 1st March – University of Northampton: Scheduled MSDP format meeting (Notes)
  • Wednesday 5th July –  Loughborough University: Scheduled MSDP format meeting (Agenda)
  • Friday 6th October  –  University of Northampton: LFHE Regional Change Network meeting
  • Wednesday 29th November  SDF Conference  day 1 Birmingham
  • Thursday 30th November –  SDF Conference  day 2  Birmingham
  • NB: December meeting (being 1 week after hosting SDF Conference) moved to January

2018 MSDP Dates

  • Wednesday 17th January – Aston University:  Scheduled MSDP format meeting
  • Wednesday 7th  March – Cranfield University: Scheduled MSDP format meeting
  • Wednesday 4th July – University of Nottingham: Scheduled MSDP format meeting
  • Wednesday 5th December – University of Birmingham:  Scheduled MSDP format meeting

New format of the meetings (trialled in 2015)

  1. Review of notes from previous meeting and any matters arriving.
  2. Updates from the Chair from SDF and Leadership Foundation.
  3. “Round Robin” of ‘gives and gets’ from those attending – sharing information and best practice.
  4. “Top of the Mind” what are the key priorities for those present and how can others support them.


The after lunch session will consist of one of the following:

  • Sharing good practice on a given topic, for example, if an institution present has won an award, delivered a conference session or being recognised for good practice in a particular area.
  • Staff development offered by a member of the group – for example if a member of the group has recently been trained in something new and would like to trial their new knowledge and skills on a friendly audience, or a member providing an update on a commonly used tool – e.g. Belbin or MBTI – where that member has recently attended ‘refresher’ training themselves.
  • Staff development from an external provider – for example, a company or consultant wishing to showcase their training and willing to offer a free taster session to the group.
  • Resources – a company or consultant wishing to showcase their product or services.