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Nominations process for UCL Leadership Programmes

Thank you for your interest in a UCL leadership programme. We look forward to supporting you on the next steps of your career journey.

How do I apply for a Leadership Programme?

Leadership Programmes are run through an annual line-manager nomination process. If you would like to apply, you and your line manager must review and agree on your development needs and submit an application form. 
Your line manager will then send the application form to a designated coordinator within your Faculty or Area.
Applications will then be reviewed and approved by a designated team within your Faculty or Area before shortlisting and sending to the OD Leadership team for final approval.

 Are Leadership Programmes free to attend?

All Programmes are centrally funded by the UCL Leadership Development Team and are free for current UCL Staff. However, places are in high demand, and we reserve the right to make a cross-departmental charge of £300 should a participant withdraw less than 14 working days before the start of the Programme or during the programme itself.

When can I apply?

Applications for 2022-2023 are now closed. Applications for 2023-24 will open in Summer 2023.

How do I know which programme suits my current and future development needs?

Please look at the Programme Directory, which contains all courses' learning outcomes and eligibility. If you are still unsure which programme to apply for, please discuss with your Line Manager or contact leadershipprogrammes@UCL with any specific questions.

What happens if a course is over-subscribed?

UCL is committed to ensuring a fair and consistent approach to support you in excelling at UCL. Should a programme be oversubscribed, the designated team in your area will use a shortlisting grid developed by OD to facilitate decision-making.

Am I eligible to apply for a Leadership Programme if I am an honorary staff member?

Honorary staff will be considered on a case-by-case basis - please discuss with your relevant UCL department to discuss before applying. in some cases, it would be more appropriate for an honorary staff member to benefit from the programmes offered at the institution where they work.

Can I apply for a Leadership Programme if I have previously participated in one?

Yes, you are welcome to apply, but please note that some areas/faculties may prioritise applications from candidates who have not previously participated in a Leadership programme.

What happens should my circumstances change, such as I need to take sickness or parental leave?

Should you need extended leave, we will discuss the possibility of moving your seat to another cohort or a programme the following year. As places are extremely limited and we usually have full waiting lists, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements and, if possible, fill your place on the cohort.

Can I apply to a Leadership Programme if I am a new starter or on probation?

In general, new starters and staff on probation are welcome to attend if they will have passed their probation by 30 September. There may be exceptions (such as those applying for the Advancing Principal Investigators Programme) - please speak with your line manager before applying.

Can I apply to a Leadership Programme if I am on secondment or acting up to a role with a higher grade?

Applicants can apply to our Leadership Programmes if they are on Secondment or acting up to a higher Grade when applying or during the programme. Please speak with your line manager before applying.