Joining the Student Leadership Programme

Applications are now closed for the Student Leadership Programme 2019


The deadline to submit your University / Clinical Practice Form is 30 November.

Structure of the programme

The programme officially starts with a two-day event full of workshops, lectures and seminars in March 2019, followed by a coaching scheme and an additional networking event in July 2019 in London. To attend to diverse learning needs and preferences, the course blends individual learning and group projects, as well as opportunities to listen to leaders sharing their personal and professional journeys and illustrating different styles of leadership.

Throughout the programme, each student is expected to accomplish the following:

  • Attend the two-day welcome event on 6/7 March 2019 in Reading
  • Attend the networking event on 1 July 2019 in London
  • Attend meetings with their allocated coach through a combination of face to face and/or on-line interaction e.g. through Skype
  • Make a meaningful contribution to the online community established on the Programme’s website and through social media
  • Lead on a project that has a positive impact on your university, or your university peers. e.g. disseminating learning from the programme to fellow students
  • Publish blogs, articles or media clips to promote the learning from the programme to future student cohorts and others
  • Submit a final report (500-1000 words at length) to the Council of Deans of Health reflecting on the experience of the programme

So far, 150 students from across the UK have already participated in the programme. You can read about their experiences in their blogs and case studies.

Who is it for?

The programme is for individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of their pre-registration undergraduate studies or are a first-year pre-registration postgraduate student in nursing, midwifery or one of the Allied Health Professions. We encourage applications from all four nations and all backgrounds.

How will I learn?

The programme provides a combination of supported individual learning as well as team work and collaborative projects. It seeks to challenge students to demonstrate various leadership skills and encourage them to test their ability to embody a leadership role and act accordingly with experienced leaders to provide them with constructive feedback. Sharing with and learning from each other features strongly across the whole programme as does networking and innovative activities from drama techniques to drawing. Reflective practice forms a strong part of the programme.

What difference will the programme make?

By participating in the programme students will:

  • Acquire the tools and skills necessary to help them achieve their ambition as a leader;
  • Better understand their strengths and how to build on them;
  • Gain confidence in their skills and increase their self-awareness;
  • Understand the variety of possible leadership styles and establish their own; and
  • Build strong networks and relationships across the sector

How much does it cost to attend?

The Student Leadership Programme is co-funded by the Council of Deans of Health and Burdett Trust for Nursing through a three-year grant to develop sector leaders. Thanks to this support, places for successful applicants are fully subsidised and there are no charges for the selected 50 students to participate in the Programme.

What’s included in the programme:

  • Travel costs to and from the venue of events, accommodation (where required) and all meals during the events
  • The events programme including guest speakers from healthcare and higher education senior leadership roles, interactive sessions and networking
  • All programme material and resources
  • Access to the online community of practice and dedicated social media interaction
  • Travel costs of up to £80 for each student to travel to meet their coach

Advice to applicants:

  • A strong application will demonstrate commitment and motivation for joining the programme. Explain exactly why you deserve a place on the programme and what you hope to achieve from it.
  • Keep your application clear, concise and relevant.
  • Make sure you read your application through. It’s worth typing the questions out on a word document first, and then copying and pasting into the relevant boxes.
  • Spend time on your application: be thoughtful and considerate as to what you write about. Saying “I want to learn about leadership” is not going to get you a place on the programme!
  • Don’t write one sentence responses and use the character count as an indication of how long your response should be.
  • If your application appears rushed and you haven’t read through it, it may be interpreted as though you don’t care that much about the programme.
  • Remember to submit your University / Clinical Practice Form by 30 November 2018, otherwise your application will not be considered.