Women in Leadership


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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.

Programme overview 

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

City Campus

  • A senior female leader from within Leeds Beckett will officially open the event.
  • Panel session – this will include a number of inspirational women in industry

: 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.

  • Students will explore theory behind effective leadership and use case studies to apply this theory in practice.
  • They will also reflect on their own leadership styles and experience – identifying areas of strength and development.
Introduction to Mentoring and Building Confidence 6th March This will be an internally run event.

  • Students’ will be introduced to mentoring – what it is and how to make the most of the opportunity to be mentored.  It will include expectations exchange and goal setting.
  • As part of this session we will also be looking at confidence and through a range of activities look at a range of tools and techniques to develop self-confidence.
Speed Networking 19th March – 4-7pm

City Campus

  • Students will have the opportunity to network with a variety of female industry professionals who are currently working in leadership roles across a range of sectors.
  • They will work around the room in small groups, with 10-minute conversations with each representative.
  • A number of representatives taking part in this stage will also be part of the Mentoring programme that follows.
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

Your involvement 

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
Speed Networking
  • Representatives to participate in the session.
  • Ahead of the session – sharing a short bio of themselves to enable students to prepare questions before the day
Mentoring – and work shadowing
  • Representatives to act as a mentor for a student on the programme.
  • The mentoring would take place between April and November – with up to 4 sessions.  These interactions can take place in a number of ways to accommodate schedules including face-to-face; telephone, email or video.
  • A day’s work shadowing within the organisation – the opportunity for students to gain first-hand insight of the workplace – would be a further enhancement to the mentoring experience where this is possible to facilitate.
Case study examples and leadership definitions
  • We’d welcome any examples you are able to share with regards case studies on the topic of leadership and any definitions of leadership and leadership behaviours used within your organisations.


If you have any questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Maria Dobrzanska – Careers Consultant

m.dobrzanska@leedsbeckett.ac.uk / 0113 8127729


Katie Cliff – Employer Engagement Consultant

k.e.cliff@leedsbeckett.ac.uk / 0113 8129376 / 07785 433992


Thank you, in advance, for your support