Stepping into management 101...with Fiona Dolton


  • Part 1: Mon 11 April 16:00 - 17:00
  • Part 2: Tues 12 April 16:00 - 17:00
  • Part 3: Wed 13 April 16:00 - 17:00

In April and July, as part of our ‘Step Up’ strand, we’re offering training to help you move on to a new role or skill up in your current role, giving you the right support at the right time to develop your unscripted TV career.

This is a 3 day online course, please only apply if you can attend all three sessions.

Have you recently started managing people, or are you about to step into a manager role? Perhaps you’ve been managing for a few months but want to develop your skills? Our Stepping into Management 101 will provide the support you need as you take your first steps as a new manager working in unscripted TV.  

Each session in this 3 session programme will give you practical tools and techniques to help you navigate your new responsibilities as a manager.  We’ll explore different management styles and how to flex your style, as well as offer some tips on managing difficult conversations, and finally we’ll look at the art of delegation.   

Who it's for

Anyone working in unscripted TV who has recently started managing people, or is about to step into a manager role.

The majority of the USF online short course offering is for those at early career stage and above. As a result, we generally require applicants to have at least 3 credits (unless working in a traditionally uncredited role). If you strongly feel you would still benefit from the training, please email so we can assess if an exception should be made.

We are committed to ensuring all our courses are accessible to everyone. This course is designed to be as interactive as possible. Please email the above address if you have any access requirements and we will be delighted to help, be that clarifying the form such interaction is likely to take or discussing reasonable adjustments.


Fiona Dolton is a chartered occupational psychologist and expert in leadership and management development who’s worked with professionals in the broadcasting and media sectors.

Above all else, Fiona is a passionate believer in the positive impact managers can have on their teams.

Across her 16 year career she has plenty of experience working with journalists and production teams, as well as lawyers, scientists and marketeers to name just a few.  Her focus is on helping you navigate the challenges every new manager will face and reaping the many rewards of being a great manager too!  

How to apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to attend, we ask you to please use the “decline ticket” function on the right hand side of the page so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to this support, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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