The UNSW Leadership Program

The UNSW Leadership Program

Discover your leadership potential!

The UNSW Leadership Program is a prestigious co-curricular activity designed to help you expand your knowledge of yourself, the world, and your significant role within it.

The program consists of a formal learning component of self development workshops, plus a short volunteering placement to put new skills and knowledge into practice.

It is open to all students and is designed to be entirely flexible: you can sign up at any stage of your degree, complete the program at your own pace and build up points from a broad range of workshops that suit your individual interests.

The UNSW Leadership Program is also accredited under UNSW Advantage and completion of the program will be recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS).

Benefits of the program

The Program is designed to help you grow both personally and professionally, as well as provide opportunities to explore new areas of interest.

By taking part you can expect to:

  • Build professional skills that enhance your employability such as effective communication, problem solving and teamwork
  • Discover new concepts and theories of leadership
  • Explore areas of personal growth such as emotional intelligence, resiliency and mindfulness
  • Develop new interests and pathways through volunteering
  • Enhance your well-being through making new friends and giving back to your community

Program structure

We require that you have at least a year left of your study to be able to complete the program. You should have time to commit to participating in workshops between weeks one and ten as well as the ability to commit to a minimum of 20 hours volunteering.

Learning Component (60 points total)

Leadership Workshops (50 points) + Online Personal Reflections (10 points)

  • 2 x Core Workshops (20 points total)
  • 3 x Elective workshops (30 points)
  • Online Reflective Journals (10 points)

Community Engagement (40 points total)

  • Minimum of 20 hours of volunteering either within the university, a not-for-profit organisation, or delivering your own community initiative.

Learning Component

The learning component comprises of two key sections: workshops and self reflection.

Workshops: A series of interactive skills based workshops and lectures delivered by staff from across the university with broad expertise and experience. You will complete two core modules and choose from a range of elective modules covering aspects of personal and professional development, community mindedness and impact, global citizenship and leadership theories and practice. Preview the different workshops in the program to see what might interest or benefit you.

Attendance to all workshops is booked via

Self reflection: In addition, you will complete two 350 word guided self-reflections at enrolment and completion of the program to demonstrate how your skills and experience develop during the program.

Community Engagement

You will be required to source your own volunteering experience as this will also develop your leadership capabilities, however guidance and resources will be provided. Please see the Program Guidelines for further details.

Students in the past have volunteered in a very wide variety of contexts including disability support, care for the elderly, environmental work, education, fundraising and event planning and many more.

Students should note that not all campus based volunteering activities are eligible for use as part of the Leadership Program, and any eligible for recognition on AHEGS won't be listed separately if counted towards the Leadership Program.

Please contact for more information.


How to enrol

Applications for this program are open all year round

To enrol in the program, go to and enter your student ID and zpass to access the enrolment form. Please note as part of the enrolment process you will need to submit a short reflection on leadership.

We will then be in touch to confirm your participation and provide instructions for the next step.


"It was a pleasure to participate in the program and for sure it helped me to improve skills related to self-knowledge, communication and of course, leadership skills... I'd like to let you know that this great experience has already helped me getting an internship at a huge multinational beverage company here in Brazil."

"I'm glad the uni has this program... it's really good that it gets people giving back to the community and realising they were more of a leader than they thought they were, and that they have the potential to enact change whether on a large or small scale."

For current students of the Leadership Program

Check out the program and link to book site here.

Refer to the Program Guidelines and Resources for more detailed information about how to navigate the program and the requirements.


Do you have a question about the Leadership Program? Please visit the FAQs page to see if your question is answered.


If you need further help, please contact the program administrator:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 9385 9365
  • In person: The Hub, Lower Ground, Morven Brown Building (entry via Commerce Courtyard)

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