Applying to the Student Leadership Programme

Applications for the Student Leadership Programme 2024-2025 have now closed!

Before you apply to the Student Leadership Programme, please make sure that you have read this page properly, and that you have understood what the programme involves, checked you are eligible to apply (see below), and that you have read our application guidance. If you have any additional questions, you should check our FAQs page before contacting us directly.

Eligibility criteria:

  • At the time of application, you must be in EITHER first or second year (3 year degree) or first, second and third year (4 year degree) of your undergraduate studies OR in first-year pre-registration postgraduate studies. If you are currently in your final year, you are not eligible for this programme.
  • You must be a student in nursing, midwifery or in one of the allied health professions
  • You must be studying at one of the Council of Deans of Health member institutions (full list available here)
  • You must be available to attend the welcome conference in Manchester¬†
  • You must be committed to developing your own leadership skills and be willing and enthusiastic to engage in all elements of the programme

Application process

To apply to the Student Leadership Programme, you will be required to complete an online application form. This will consist of three main questions you will need to respond to, along with some personal details about you (e.g. name, university, course).

All applications are carefully assessed and we notified all candidates of the outcome of their applications.

Those who are provisionally successful will need to have a member of staff at their university complete a support form to ensure your university is happy for you to take part in the programme. This will be sent by email to those who are successful.

2024-2025 Timeframe

  • 25 March – 6 May 24: Applications open (online written applications).
  • Early July 24: Shortlist announced.
  • 19 & 20 September 24: Welcome event in Manchester* (fully covered).
  • October 24 – March 25: Individual Coaching* until March 2025
  • December 24: Online Mid-Year Conference* (cohort only).
  • March 25: Online Closing Conference* (cohort only).
  • Every month: Leadership webinars and workshops with leaders in the sector.
  • All year: Multiple ad-hoc opportunities provided to develop your leadership skills.
  • April 25: End


Watch again: Webinar for prospective applicants

You are interested in being part of the Student Leadership Programme and want to learn more? Watch the recording of our recruitment webinar.