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Durham University

Leadership Framework

Emerging Leadership

The Emerging Leadership Programme gives you a comprehensive introduction to responsible and successful leadership. Take part in a free training day run by leaders and accredited trainers from a variety of fields, including professional business mentors, University staff, and the uniformed services. Signing up to the Programme also gives you access to workshops and drop-in sessions.

The Emerging Leadership Programme is a good springboard into more challenging development programmes including Leadership Academy, Durham Inspired Award, and a number of other University Programmes.

To join the Emerging Leadership Programme, all you need to do is send an email to and let us know which of our training days you’d like to attend. These day-long events take place in Newcastle (transport provided) and include an introduction to leadership concepts and responsibilities through hands-on activities and talks from partners of the University. Once your attendance to a training day has been confirmed, you will be added to our mailing list, which provides you with details of the full range of events available to you.

Ongoing events

Drop-in sessions and workshops happen twice a term, both at Maiden Castle and on the Bailey. These workshops help you to become a better, more responsible leader through engaging with topics such as networking, diversity and inclusion, sponsorship, branding, and negotiation. Some workshops are led external speakers, such as Emily Walter of upReach and Dan Usztan of United Agents.

You will also be invited to regular drop-in sessions. At these events, you and other students can share leadership strategies, such as conflict resolution, while receiving assistance and advice.

Visit our Events page.