Apply now for the new Leadership Foundations program!

Leadership Foundations is our new AHEGS accredited leadership development program, which is available to all UNSW students. Whether you are beginning your leadership journey or looking to refresh your foundational skills, you will develop core leadership and professional skills, which can be applied in a range of different contexts.

Some topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Self-awareness,
  • Wellbeing and resilience,
  • Building effective relationships,
  • Creating safe and inclusive teams,
  • Collaboration and communication, and
  • Conflict management.

In joining our Leadership Foundations learning community, the skills gained will prepare you to unlock new opportunities at UNSW (co-curricular and academic) and enhance your employability in the future.

Applications for our May and June program intakes are now open until 10am Monday 19 April.  To apply, read further information about the program below, identify your preferred program option and complete the application form.

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Who is this program for?

Leadership Foundations is best suited for students starting out on their leadership journey or looking to refresh their foundational leadership skills (e.g., students applying for a leadership role at uni like a peer mentor, club/society executive, student representative council member and faculty ambassador, or who are in the early stages of a similar leadership role at uni or in the community).

The program is also intended for students who are passionate about personal or professional development.  It will also provide support to students exploring their career or life pathway direction.

What does this program involve?

You will join a learning community of like minded students to progress through six learning modules (taking approx. 20 hours in total to complete).  Each module comprises one online learning experience (involving personal reflection tasks, readings and/or videos).  There are four learning modules which also include a workshop experience (encompassing group-based tasks, collaboration, skill practice activities and personal reflection).

Accompanying the learning modules are development tasks which need to be satisfactorily completed in order to successfully finish the program.

You will be required to attend a welcome webinar at the beginning of the program as well.

What will I learn / do in this program?

In Leadership Foundations, you will:

  • Create your own leadership development plan and explore what leadership means to your identity.
  • Formulate a purpose statement by reflecting on your personal values, strengths, and life experiences.
  • Construct a wellbeing and resilience action plan to expand personal capacity when encountering challenges.
  • Co-create team agreements to encourage constructive relationships in team environments by considering factors such as psychological safety, effective communication, and conflict management.
  • Develop a team culture action plan by applying the principles of social awareness, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate the leadership development attributes of courage, growth mindset, curiosity, empathy, active listening and self-reflection.

When does this program run?

Applications are now open for two program options: (1) our intensive program during the break period in May and (2) our term-based program in T2. *You can nominate your preferred program option in your application form.

Intensive program

Our intensive Leadership Foundations program offers students the opportunity to invest in their personal and professional development during the May break period without the distraction of normal coursework and exams.  Our learning modules will be made available at intervals across a 2-week period allowing you to fast-track your leadership development.

Key dates for Intensive program:

  • Welcome Webinar – Friday 14th May 2021; 10am-11:30am AEST
  • Workshop Intensive #1 – Thursday 20th May 2021; 10am-4:30pm AEST (Includes lunch break)
  • Workshop Intensive #2 – Thursday 27th May 2021; 10am-4:30pm AEST (Includes lunch break)

*Online learning modules will be made available prior to each workshop intensive day.

**The Welcome Webinar and both Workshop Intensive days will be delivered via Zoom.

Term based program

Our term-based Leadership Foundations program offers students the opportunity to have a co-curricular experience in conjunction with their normal coursework.  Our learning modules will be made available at the beginning of term when things are less hectic and demanding, at intervals across a 4-week period.

Key dates for Term based program:

  • Welcome Webinar – Monday 31st May 2021; 2:00pm-3:30pm AEST
  • Workshop #1 – Monday 7th June 2021; 2:00pm-4:30pm AEST
  • Workshop #2 – Thursday 10th June 2021; 2:00pm-4:30pm AEST
  • Workshop #3 – Tuesday 15th June 2021; 2:00pm-4:30pm AEST
  • Workshop #4 – Thursday 17th June 2021; 2:00pm-4:30pm AEST

*Online learning modules will be made available prior to each workshop.

**The Welcome Webinar will be delivered via Zoom and the workshops will be in person on campus (pending advice from UNSW & NSW Health).

What recognition will I receive?

Upon satisfactorily meeting the program participation and development task requires, you will be awarded AHEGS accreditation, a program completion certificate and an advertisement to post on your LinkedIn profile.

More information

Contact UNSW Student Development


Location: Ground floor, John Goodsell Building, Kensington Campus