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Elevate Leadership and Development Programme

An innovative leadership and development programme for women from minority ethnic groups. Applications have now closed for Elevate 2023.

The programme

Find out more information about the Elevate programme.


Following the success of our first two cohorts, we are pleased to announce that the Elevate leadership programme will again be offered for the 2022-23 academic year. Elevate creates a unique opportunity for Professional Services and Academic staff who identify as women from minority ethnic groups, to meet, share, support and learn together. The programme brings together colleagues from across five universities in the South West of England and South Wales: (Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, and UWE Bristol).

Elevate is co-designed and co-facilitated by a team consisting of: Yvonne Field, a serial social entrepreneur and recent lecturer at Goldsmiths; Dr Peggy Warren, Researcher with an interest in gender studies and Leadership and Management Development Consultant; and Jamie Schearer-Udeh Anti-racism Consultant, Political Scientist & Community Organiser (Action Learning Facilitator).

This creative programme acknowledges and celebrates the history, culture and diverse lived experiences of participants and will encourage participants to reflect, explore and grow through connecting and building solidarity together.

It will offer an engaging and bespoke combination of interactive in-person and online sessions and resources, Action Learning sets, and cross-institutional mentoring.

Who the programme is for

Elevate is both a personal and professional development programme and will be open to candidates in all job families in grades 4 to 8. Elevate will be a safe space where leadership concepts and ideas will be introduced whilst exploring strategies that support the navigation of systemic practices which have tended to historically fix the professional identities of women from minority ethnic backgrounds. Elevate recognises that prospective participants are ready to embrace and take on leadership responsibilities, but face differentiated lived experiences in employment, education and in wider society from their white counterparts

Elevate will be transformational and will centre the lived experiences and development needs of women of colour. You will be the key focus!

Elevate will:

  • Provide a blended learning leadership and professional development programme over 6 months (blended in this case meaning a mixture of in-person and online group events, small group peer learning sets, and 1:1 mentoring)
  • Introduce participants to different leadership styles and approaches which support the development of leadership and influencing skills
  • Support participants to identify strengths and talents as well as development needs
  • Provide on-going support through Action Learning and cross-institutional mentoring
  • Empower women by using creative methodologies such as story-telling and journaling for reflection and sharing

What previous Elevate participants have said

“This programme has been overwhelmingly transformative, giving me a space to reflect deeply on what I have achieved in my professional and personal life, as well as how I would like to go forward with developing these areas.” – ELEVATE 2022 PARTICIPANT

“The program opened the door for me to begin a journey of self-reflection and working on aspects that were stopping me from making bold moves in my career. I'm now less scared of change and have a new realization of my skills and experience and that I can flourish wherever I choose to go.” – ELEVATE 2022 PARTICIPANT

“This is a fantastic programme which will benefit you not only professionally but personally. It is not like the traditional leadership programmes. If you go in with an open mind, it has the potential to positively change your life.” – ELEVATE 2022 PARTICIPANT

Previous Participants 2021-22

  • Xiaoze Pei
  • Yunmeng Zhang
  • Afsana Faheem
  • Susanne Wilczoch
  • Kwan Yee (Michelle) Liu
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Carol Adrianzen

Programme dates 2023

The programme will run between January and June 2023.


Applicants must be able to commit to and attend ALL programme elements and dates. We strive to make sure that our development programmes are accessible for all staff and meet your learning needs. If there are any factors which you feel would be a barrier to you accessing or participating in any of the online or offline elements of this programme, please get in touch so that we can discuss this in more detail.

Activity Date Time Location
Introduction to the Bath cohort 06/12/2022 10:00-11:00 TBC
Session 1 23/01/2023 All day Bristol
Introduction to Action Learning 01/02/2023 TBC Zoom
Action Learning Set 1 w/c 6/2/23 TBC Zoom
Session 2 21/02/2023 09:30-13:00 Zoom
Action Learning Set 2 w/c 27/2/23 TBC Zoom
Session 3 22/03/2023 09:30-13:00 Zoom
Action Learning Set 3 w/c 27/3/23 TBC Zoom
Session 4 25/04/2023 09:30-13:00 Zoom
Action Learning Set 4 w/c 1/5/23 TBC Zoom
Session 5 24/05/2023 09:30-13:00 Zoom
Action Learning Set 5 w/c 29/5/23 TBC Zoom
Session 6 13/06/2023 All day Bristol
Action Learning Set 6 w/c 19/6/23 TBC Zoom

Mentoring

Find out about mentoring.


You will be matched with a mentor from one of the other Elevate universities ready for the beginning of the programme. Successful candidates will receive instructions about how to engage with the mentor matching process in early December. Mentors and mentees will meet at least four times between January and July 2023.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us.