Emerging Leaders Programme - 2021

Date 5 October 2021 09:30 - 22 April 2022 13:00
Venue Virtual
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Addressing complex sustainability challenges requires innovative approaches and adaptive ways of working to be able to engage widely and lead effective change programmes, the Emerging Leaders Programme is designed for sustainability professionals tacking these challenges, providing leadership skills and tools to also support career development

This newly refreshed programme delivered online 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 will be delivered virtually via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining a future cohort of the Emerging Leaders Programme, please contact us for more details.

Year 1
  • 10 half days (2.5 hours each) of online learning over a period of 6 months, including a carbon literacy senior leadership taster session.
  • 5 online Action Learning Set sessions. 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).
  • 3 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.

The EAUC Emerging Leaders Programme is suitable for sustainability professionals whose role is to influence 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. Sustainability professionals seeking to develop their careers within sustainability will find the programme helpful.

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.

If you are interested in joining us please contact us here

All taught sessions will take place online:
NOTES:  Sessions begin October 2021 until May 2022

£800 per delegate.
If you book a second person from the same institution the second person will receive a  discounted space at £700.

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.

Selina Fletcher, Group Head of Sustainability 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. 


Delivered by EAUC