St John's College Oxford

The Women’s Leadership Programme

Every year, the College runs a Women’s Leadership Programme for its graduate students. The next programme will take place in Hilary Term 2018.

Our Women’s Leadership Programme consists of:  

  • three seminars/workshops led by female SJC alumnae with leadership expertise in different professional fields
  • three small-group discussions on topics related to leadership.

This year, we will cover topics like values-based leadership, coaching and mentoring, public speaking and effective communication.

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 female alumnae who are ‘walking the walk’, and to connect with fellow graduate students.  

With a required time commitment of only c.8 hours across one term, this programme is designed with busy graduate students in mind. In Hilary term 2018, the alumnae-led sessions take place on Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm, in weeks 1-3 (18 January, 25 January, 1 February).

Please note, that we expect participants to attend all three seminars and small-group meetings. Therefore, please only sign up if you can commit to the whole programme! Completion of the whole programme will help you make the most of this exceptional opportunity and together with a group of equally engaged fellow graduate students. 

BME Dinner May 2017If you identify partly or wholly as a woman and you are a graduate student at St John’s, you can sign up for the programme here.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, email this year’s head of the programme and DPhil student at St John’s, Angelika Love.

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: