Every year, the College runs a Women’s Leadership Programme for its graduate students. The next programme will take place in Hilary Term 2020.

Our Women’s Leadership Programme consists of:  

  • three 2-hour workshops led by St John's alumnae with leadership expertise in different professional fields
  • three small-group discussions on topics related to leadership.

The 2020 edition of the programme will take place on the following dates:

Humanities Academia session - Professor Ruth Harris

Sunday, 26th January, 4:45-6:45pm


United Nations - Laurel Baig

Sunday, 2nd February, 4:45-6:45pm


Charity session - Robin Gorna

Sunday, 9th February, 4:45-6:45pm


Science and Law Academia session - Professor Susan Perkin and Professor Liz Fisher

Sunday, 16th February (this a joint session with two academics), 4:45-6:45pm


Journalism session - Janine Gibson

Friday, 28th February (note this is the only Friday session), 4:45-6:45pm 


Sport session - Barbara Slater

23rd  February/8th March (date yet to be finalised), 4:45-6:45pm


As a participant, you get the chance to discover, develop and practise leadership skills and to kick-start impactful leadership experience early on – for free! The programme is a valuable opportunity not only to develop skills that are relevant across all career paths, but also to meet alumnae who are ‘walking the walk’, and to connect with fellow graduate students.  

With a required time commitment of only c.10 hours across one term, this programme is designed with busy graduate students in mind. It is suitable for all graduate women at St John’s, no matter what subject, with or without concrete leadership experience, and whatever career path you envision for yourself.

If you identify partly or wholly as a woman and you are a graduate student at St John’s, you can now sign up for the programme here

If you have any questions, email this year’s heads of the programme Hannah Nazri and Aislin Sheldon

What past participants have said about the programme:

  • ‘The speakers were all very inspiring and knowledgeable, and helped foster a supportive and relaxed learning environment by being both approachable and encouraging.’
  • ‘The most useful aspect of this programme was how practical it was. I really feel I improved in a measurable manner.’
  • ‘The programme taught me to think about the skills I have in a different way, so hopefully I’ll be able to utilise them better.’
  • ‘I think the programme was very well designed with a balance between learning, participation and encouragement to apply ideas in practice.’
  • ‘To be strongly recommended!’

Learn more about the programme and how it could transform your leadership potential in this video: