Emerging Leaders Programme

The Emerging Leaders is for those starting out in a sustainability career and wanting to enhance their leadership skills.

Emerging Leaders is currently on hold while we review the materials to ensure they are fit for purpose and up to date with changes in the sector.

This newly refreshed programme will help equip and revitalise early career sustainability professionals with the essential skills and knowledge they need to deliver change in their organisations. The course is appropriate for any sustainability professional whatever sector or organisation they are working in. You will gain skills, competence and knowledge about:
  • yourself, your team and organisation, and the wider context
  • develop collaborative and collegiate ways of working
  • leadership skills to lead in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
  • future thinking systems and horizon scanning – focusing on challenges and opportunities post-pandemic and COP26 and beyond


Through the programme, you will gain a greater understanding of leadership practice with relevance to sustainability. Examples will be drawn from the education, not-for-profit and commercial sectors with ‘expert witnesses’ supplementing the teaching.

You will receive guidance and support on expanding your networks, both internally and externally, to deliver projects with impact. Learning from others is an essential part of the programme and sharing knowledge and ideas from the cohort is actively encouraged. 

An online platform (virtual learning environment) will provide tools and guidance and resources as well as an opportunity to share learning with your peers.

The programme is delivered virtually via Zoom.


Year 1

  • To start the programme we envisage meeting up face to face for a day and a half together to get a good start on the programme and get to know one another.  
  • Following on we'll be running 7 x half days (2.5 hours) of online learning over a period of 6 months.
  • You'll also be invited to take place in 5 online Action Learning Set sessions outside of the programme times. These sessions help participants develop the skills and make time for active reflection, and gain support and learning from fellow participants in a safe space. This is a key element for ensuring you get the full benefit of the course. The cohort will agree the dates for these (1.5 hours).
  • Use of psychometric self-reflection tools to guide your learning with a one-to-one support reflection session to. The cost for this is included in the price (1.5 hours).
  • 2 individual mentor sessions to provide coaching based support (1 hour each).
  • A total of 37 hours of learning

Year 2

  • Self-paced learning
  • Develop an organisation-based project of your choice
  • Continue to work with your mentor and action learning set
  • Access to the bespoke virtual learning environment and website to promote your project.

Who should attend?

The EAUC Emerging Leaders Programme is suitable for any sustainability professionals whose role is to lead on organisation-wide behaviour change. Often, they have little or no formal ‘line management’ authority and may well work at levels in the organisation where the ability to influence those at more senior levels is an important requirement. It might be particularly attractive to sustainability professionals with an interest in developing their careers.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Whilst the Programme has been developed by representatives from the Further and Higher Education sector, the information will be applicable to delegates from the wider public and corporate sector who we encourage to apply.

Session dates

All taught sessions will take place online.
This training is under review to ensure we can offer the best opportunities to grow leadership within the sector.  If you are interested in joining us please contact us here to register your interest.

Programme Delivery Team

The course will be delivered with input from EAUC and visiting expert practitioners, with the core content led by:

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at University of Worcester. Katy has led the development of wide-ranging sustainability initiatives at the University of Worcester in her role as director of sustainability. Her work focuses on the campus, working in the community and embedding sustainability in the curriculum. Overseeing the development of students as partners on major sustainability change programs and building sustainability skills with students and student volunteers Katy’s work has won a number of national awards. 

Gill Slater, Head of Organisational Development at the University of Worcester. Gill has worked as a Director of HR for a university and in engineering, and has experience of developing and delivering workshops for range of delegates and across a wide subject area.


"The Emerging Leaders course was engaging and informative and it was refreshing to learn in a supportive environment among other higher and further education colleagues." Eleanor Simes, Environment and Sustainability Officer, City, University of London
"Emerging Leaders Programme has helped to improve my focus and ability to achieve tasks. I have used a number of skills learnt during the programme on new projects and whilst mentoring and managing interns." David Chapman, Sustainability Champion, University of Warwick
"This course has given me the confidence to take the lead on much more ambitious, larger projects moving forwards. It has also helped me to build up my professional network of contacts."
"Within our organisation, I am tasked with leading on an ‘organisational change: sustainability’ project. The aims of this are to embed sustainability as an operating practice and core value across all aspects of our work. The EAUC Emerging Leaders programme caught my eye as I hope it will support with skills development and making connections to help move this vital agenda forward." Darren Axe, Development Manager (Environmental Sustainability), Lancaster University

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