Aspiring Women Leaders Training Programme

This training programme gives women* who are Aspiring Leaders the opportunity to explore themselves as a leader and equips them with essential tools, guidance and strategies to help develop leadership skills and qualities to be successful. Prepare for a challenging yet fun, interactive, insightful, practical and highly supportive programme; this isn't going to be your usual management course!

*This is inclusive of anyone who identifies as a woman, including Cis and Trans women, non-binary people and people with complex gender identities who can, or do identify as Women.

As a result of this training you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate authentic leadership based on your leader identity, qualities and values
  • Manage the demands of work and life effectively
  • Manage your career path and action plan proactively
  • Develop a leadership style that challenges the barriers that women face in the workplace
  • Maintain support and accountability to ensure progress on personal development
  • Use a range of influencing styles to effectively influence others
  • Use opportunities to raise your profile in the student movement
  • Adapt your leadership style to different people and situations while remaining true to your leader identity
  • Implement strategies to build and maintain your resilience.

Who should attend:

Women, non student staff who are aspiring to be leaders within the student movement. This means someone who is in a non - managerial or middle management role and who has the desire and aptitude to have a personal and positive impact on the student movement.

Course dates:

This course is a 4 day course, 2019 dates will be announced shortly.

Participants should be available for all 4 days and make time for work before and after classroom sessions.

Application for this course is now closed, however, please register to U-Learn  for updates on all upcoming courses.


£375 - Full delegate

£150 - Limited number of spaces are available for those from FE Students' Unions.

Additional Information:

The impact of this course on the individual and organisation will be:

  • Increased confidence and skills in leadership
  • Increased number of women in senior leadership positions in the student movement
  • Increased sponsership and mentoring of other women in the movement

As a part of the training you will learn how to:

  • Identify and own your leader identity
  • Create an inspiring picture of career success and an understanding of what this means to you and others
  • Recognise how to build a successful network
  • Generate ideas on how to respond to sexism and gender bias
  • Create an action plan for your career and set up support, and accountability
  • Identify strategies to raise profile authentically
  • Articulate your own leadership impact and how to leverage this
  • Recognise methods to influence others effectively
  • Identify strategies to confidently and effectively communicate your ideas and messages
  • Recognise different leadership styles and consider how to adapt your style to different people and situations
  • Identify ways to build and maintain your resilience to bounce back from setbacks

 NUS 100

This course is all about students’ unions being diverse, inclusive and equitable organisations, supporting them to attract and retain outstanding people.

What people say about this course:

Lucy Gill, Student Voice Manager from the University of Birmingham Guild of Students tells us how the Aspiring Women Leaders training programme gave her the confidence to don a bigger jacket and inspire others to do the same. [February 2018]


If you would like further information about this course please email