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This programme will reopen for applications from September 2023.

Developed by the Council of Deans of Health in 2016 and funded by Health Education England (HEE), we’re one of the first universities in England to run a health-specific coaching scheme of this kind.

With limited places available each year, if your application is successful, you’ll be individually assigned to a coach. Your coach will be an expert in their field, working in a senior healthcare role within settings such the NHS, HEE, Council of Deans for Health, UWE Bristol and other universities. Through regular coaching, you’ll develop leadership skills via role modelling, self-reflection and networking, while adapting your learning to your own leadership style and aspirations.

Since pioneering this prestigious opportunity, UWE Bristol students who have completed the programme so far have praised their experience with enthusiastic, positive feedback. We’re committed to the continuing success of the programme, so we welcome all applications from those looking to pursue a career in healthcare.

Programme supporters

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"The programme is fantastic for aspiring leaders and allows you to learn more about your leadership style. It helps to build confidence, allows you to network and boost your professional development. The coaching sessions have allowed me to talk about ideas, igniting further interest and passion for my future career."

Giverny Henderson, BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy
Photograph of Giverny Henderson.

Giverny Henderson BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

Reasons to take part

From the start of this special one-to-one coaching opportunity, you will benefit from a range of unique activities to enhance your learning experience. You’ll learn from inspirational employers and leadership experts, who strive to share the knowledge they’ve developed over their career.

Build strong networks and industry connections across the healthcare discipline you’re interested in, enhancing your employability and professional development. You’ll grow personally too, gaining confidence and self-awareness, while meeting like-minded people with a passion for healthcare.

What you'll experience

Over the course of five months, the programme will involve a variety of exercises, including:

  • an initial two-day welcome event and workshop
  • three one-hour sessions with a named coach
  • a final day conference event
  • submission of a reflective story about your leadership journey after you’ve attended the conference event (presented as an 800-1000 word blog post).
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Programme introduction

Watch a short video about our Student Leadership Programme from Professor Marc Griffiths, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

How to apply

This programme will reopen for applications from September 2023. Application dates to be confirmed.

Apply for our Student Leadership Programme via our application form. We welcome applications from first and second year healthcare students with no previous leadership experience, as well as those who already have experience in this area. We’ll inform you if your application is successful within a month after the applications have closed.


Contact us

If you have any questions about our Student Leadership Programme, please contact Gina Ellis, Student Leadership Programme Project Lead in the School of Health and Social Wellbeing, at You can also keep up-to-date with the programme and contact us on Twitter @HSW_SHLP.

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