EAUC Emerging Leaders Programme 2019

Date 22 January 2019 09:30 - 15:30
Venue Birmingham
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This pioneering programme will equip emerging sustainability professionals from any sector with the essential skills and knowledge they need to deliver change in their organisations.

Through the programme, you will gain a greater understanding of leadership practices with relevance to sustainability.  Examples will be drawn from 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.  There is five full training days plus five on-line 2-hour Action Learning sessions.  Full support, facilitation, and tools are provided for the Action Learning Sets along with a bespoke virtual learning environment.

Who should attend?

The EAUC Emerging Leaders Programme is for any sustainability professionals with mandates 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 hierarchy 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 the Further and Higher Education sector, we welcome delegates from the wider public sector and corporates.

Learning outcomes:

  • Coaching skills 
  • Leadership models and theories
  • Change management
  • Project management
  • Collaboration
  • Cross sector work and knowing your networks
  • Personal resilience
  • The business case
  • Negotiating skills
  • Emerging trends and models for sustainability
  • Effective communication
The programme is 2 years. In year 1, delivered over an 7-month period with five delivered content sessions and five virtual Action Learning Set sessions.  These are interspaced between the taught sessions.  The 2-hour virtual sessions will be set by agreement with the group. In year 2, you will be provided a mentor to continue your professional development as well as ongoing support and will be encouraged to implement a project to put into practice the learning.  One of the fundamental aims of action learning is to help participants develop the skills and make time for active reflection, using a real project as a basis to problem solve. This is a key element for ensuring you get the full benefit of the course. An online platform will provide tools and guidance and resources as well as an opportunity to share learning with your peers.

Session Dates

All taught sessions will take place in central Birmingham.
22nd January 2019 - 9:30 - 15:30
5th February 2019 - 9:30 - 15:30
19th March 2019 - 9:30 - 15:30
16th April 2019 - 9:30 - 15:30
4th June 2019 - 9:30 - 15:30 

Programme Delivery

The course will be delivered with input from EAUC and visiting speakers from within and outside of the sector 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, Director of Personal and Organisational Development at 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.

Selina Fletcher, Sustainability Manager at Coventry University. Selina leads the Environment Team and sustainability agenda at Coventry University, defining strategy and opportunities to further embed sustainability across the organisation. As well as energy and carbon reduction; resource efficiency, supply chain management, travel are all focus areas for the team. Working across key groups and partners Selina brings together wider objectives for sustainability relating to a responsible curriculum, community engagement, research opportunities and student skills. 


"I would like to thank you and the other members of the Emerging Leaders Programme team for your support and commitment you have all shown me! This also includes our own Action Learning Set teams who I have enjoyed working with, this type of engagement highlights to me how networking can change the way we think and drives change".
Phil Mole, Campus Services Supervisor, University of Worcester
"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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