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Durham University is world-leading in academic fields, but we also pride ourselves on challenging you to participate above and beyond your academic commitments.

That’s why we’re running an engaging programme of events that you can attend during your time in Durham, at no cost. Our programme enables you to explore the core skills that define good leadership, and reflect on how you can put those skills to use yourself. Our innovative framework is designed to support you on your journey to becoming a responsible student leader.
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How can you get involved?

Emerging Leadership Programme

Icon of two people with a leaderA comprehensive introduction to responsible and accountable value-based leadership open to all students.

Online:  Online programme of engaging tutorials and quizzes via our SharePoint.

In-person: Training day with the uniformed services and workshops on leadership skills with industry experts.

Bespoke Programme: If you are a college or student group, we can facilitate tailored leadership training. Please contact us.

Leadership Academy

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The Leadership Academy has been curated for student leaders who aspire to shape their team, community and University as the leaders of tomorrow!

Unlock your full leadership potential through the Durham University Leadership Academy. A transformative and highly competitive, one-year programme designed to support you in your leadership role whilst at university as you develop key leadership networks and competencies through our programme of events and collaborative networking and mentoring opportunities.

To find out more about how you can take your leadership development to the next level please visit our Leadership Academy SharePoint site.

Self-Learn Leadership Resources

Icon of person with headset and laptopA bank of online resources introducing concepts of leadership on our SharePoint account.

Bite-sized introduction to concepts of leadership.
Self-directed learning.


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Highly competitive year-long programme designed to help your personal, leadership and professional development.

The Leadership Academy
Durham Leadership Framework

Discussion Forums and Mentors

Alongside our programmes, we host discussion forums for students, to engage and share leadership concepts.

Book Club

Sessions centred around books and podcasts, provide space for intellectual intellectual enquiry and continued leadership development.
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Think Tank

A space for student leaders and alumni that encourages a forum of debate on current issues, sharing views and insights.
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Leadership Academy

Find out how you can get involved in our highly competitive one-year leadership development programme for student leaders.
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Mentoring Opportunities

Working with Senior Global Alumni to support students' professional, personal, and leadership development.
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Our Speaker Series

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leaders of various industries and cultural establishments who are alumni or partners. These are delivered virtually as short presentations followed by interactive discussions and questions.

Key aims of the virtual series are to inspire Intellectual curiosity, enhance the way future leaders think and act – developing an accountable value mindset and develop key graduate skills to advance self-development/employability and innovation. The virtual series will be accessible to all (as sessions are recorded) at no charge, ensuring you are able to fit learning around your daily commitment, and manage your own learning and development.
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