University Management Course (UMC)

Enhance your Higher Education Management Skills

The University Management Course (UMC) has served the professional development needs of approximately 1000 managers and administrators. The course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to build and enhance leadership and management skills to manage your work environment more effectively and efficiently in a continually changing higher education environment.

UMC 2018

Join us for UMC 2018 from June 10-June 15, 2018 at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Hotel room bookings:
Fort Garry Hotel
222 Broadway Ave.
Phone: 204-942-8251
When booking, indicate you are with the UMC CHERD Group.

What to expect

UMC 2018 will maintain the shorter, more compact format with significant revisions. Along with the addition of new team members, UMC 2018 will move to a more interactive format. Participants will work virtually for the week prior to coming to Winnipeg, and online learning and social media will be integrated throughout the course.

UMC 2018 will be structured around a model of core and adaptive leadership competencies and will consider the principles and processes that guide decision-making in key topic areas and explore these topics through a range of activities including presentations, case studies, simulations, and discussion groups.

Who is the Program for?

UMC is appropriate for administrators and managers within the higher education system. Individuals working within both the academic and administrative areas are encouraged to apply: Department Heads, Directors, Managers, and Senior Executive Assistants.

Program Objectives

As a national program UMC brings together facilitators and participants from a range of instutions and varying disciplinary and professional backgrounds. Learning together and from each other, UMC provides an opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills to become more effective managers and administrators in their own institutions.

Key Topic Areas

  • Core and adapative leadership
  • Govenance and strategic oversight
  • Organizational justice
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Indigenization
  • Current and emerging student issues
  • Planning and leading organizational change
  • Developing yourself and others

Instructional Team

  • Dr. Sheila Brown, President Emerita, Mount St Vincent University
  • Jonathan Beddoes, Ph.D., P.Eng, Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Professor and Dean of Engineering

Guest Presenters

  • Paul Davidson, President Universities Canada
  • Bonnie Patterson, former president and CEO Ontario Council of Universities, former President, Trent University
  • Kevin Lamoureux, National Education Lead, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba. Associate VicePresident Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg
  • David Attis, Managing Director of Strategic Research, EAB
  • Brenda Whiteside, Associate Vice- Provost Student Affairs, University of Guelph


$3,850 CDN (includes tuition, course materials and refreshment breaks and some meals)

Admission Requirements

Universities and colleges are encouraged to nominate individuals for admission, both in academic and professional support positions, who have records of achievement in their work, people who are motivated to enhance their leadership skills and who are interested in the benefits to be obtained from attending a specialized leadership development program.

Apply early to secure a place in the program.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants will be notified within one week of submission of application regarding acceptance. Late applications may be accepted depending upon availability of space.

“UMC is what university administrators have been looking for: a practical, relevant, and helpful course on how to manage in a university environment surrounded by peers who are facing similar challenges.”

Director, Academic & Administrative Services

“I have never before experienced an opportunity where I was able to sink my teeth into so many aspects of university management at one time — especially alongside colleagues from such diverse administrative, educational and personal backgrounds.”

Associate Registrar

UMC Participants

Complete the Participant Profile Form no later than April 14, 2017.