We are launching our first ‘Women in Leadership’ programme for students in 2018. The programme will identify female students – with an interest in leadership – and guide them through a series of events and activities to accelerate that interest, ambition and potential.
We will be incorporating input from our employer networks, from female representatives across a diverse range of backgrounds within the region and Leeds Beckett colleagues who have successfully completed the HE Aurora programme aimed at developing aspiring female employees within the university.
Aims of the programme
We have a number of aims for the programme, outlined below:
- To inspire our students and raise aspirations – through the sharing of examples of females in the workplace from a variety of organisations and backgrounds;
- To develop and apply knowledge of leadership theory – drawing on research, case studies and personal reflection;
- To make connections – through opportunities to network;
- To learn from others – through 1:1 mentoring and the chance to work shadow within an organisation.
The programme starts as a pilot – with a launch in semester two of the academic year 2017-18 (February 2018) and will continue until the end of semester one of 2018-19 (December 2018). This is timed to encourage current first and second year students to be then be preparing applications for placement and graduate opportunities in Autumn 2018.
Student will participate in a range of events, activities and workshops over the course of a six-month period.
|Event||Date & Venue||Overview|
|Launch Event||20th Feb – 5-7pm
: to discuss their personal career journeys
: share their thoughts on what makes an effective leader
: offer advice on what female students can be doing whilst at University to prepare themselves for a leadership role in the future.
The event will include an open ‘Question & Answer’ session to the panel, and will be followed by drinks and networking.
|Insight in to Leadership – Training Event||26th Feb||This will be an internally run event.
|Introduction to Mentoring and Building Confidence||6th March||This will be an internally run event.
|Speed Networking||19th March – 4-7pm
|Meet your Mentor||w/c 16th April||This will be the formal launch of our mentoring programme|
Selection on to the programme
Students will complete an application process to be part of the programme. This will include outlining their reasons for applying, their commitment to the programme and their personal goals for the programme.
- Up to 25 places available
- Open to any degree background
- Open to students in their 1st or 2nd year of undergraduate study
Integral to the success of this programme, is the input from individuals and organisations who have a passion for progressing the ‘Women in Leadership agenda’. Summarised below are the elements of the programme that we are seeking external support on:
|Event/Activity||Commitment and preparation|
|Mentoring – and work shadowing||
|Case study examples and leadership definitions||
If you have any questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Maria Dobrzanska – Careers Consultant
firstname.lastname@example.org / 0113 8127729
Katie Cliff – Employer Engagement Consultant
email@example.com / 0113 8129376 / 07785 433992
Thank you, in advance, for your support