Leadership Program for postgraduate students: Semester 1, 2018
The Vice-Chancellor's Post-Graduate Student Leadership Program provides mentoring and professional development in leadership capabilities and will be presented in Semester 1.
Post-Graduate students who are in, or intend to take up in the future, leadership positions in ANU student organisations such as PARSA, Residents Committees, and student clubs and societies are strongly encouraged to apply.
There are eighteen places in the group. Applications close at midday on Friday, 9 February 2018.
The program includes:
- four evening workshops on Tuesdays, 5.30 - 8.30 p.m. (dinner included)
- one one-day workshop on the weekend, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (lunch included)
- an evening meeting at which completion certificates will be presented to participants by the Vice-Chancellor.
Attendance at all sessions is a requirement for completing the Program.
Tuesday 13 March (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Tuesday 27 March (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Tuesday 17 April (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
Saturday 28 April (10am - 4pm)
Tuesday 8 May (5.30pm - 8.30pm)
The program defines leadership very broadly to include a wide range of different ways of energising, enabling, influencing and motivating people to pursue collective goals. On this broad definition, leadership can be exercised with or without formal leadership roles, in one-to-one interactions, in small groups & teams, and (in terms of organisational structures) upwards, downwards and sideways.
Workshops are tailored to the needs of each year's intake and designed to facilitate the development of participants' leadership capabilities. Central themes are the importance of:
- clarifying your guiding values and purposes as a leader
- understanding your leadership strengths and growing edges
- developing a range of leadership styles and approaches, aligned to your values and to your capabilities and personal qualities
- mindfully choosing the best approach for the particular situation and challenge
- using self-management and self-leadership skills to ensure that you are at your best as a leader.
Topics covered in previous programs have included the following:
INFLUENCING AND MOTIVATING OTHERS
MODELS OF LEADERSHIP
LEADING & MANAGING YOURSELF
The program will introduce a systematic, mindful, action learning approach to leadership development.
Each session will comprise a series of interactive activities in which participants will:
- share, explore and clarify their ideas about leadership
- practice a range of leadership skills.
During each session, participants will be encouraged to frame action-plans for developing their leadership capabilities and to implement these plans between sessions.
Notes and readings will be provided for each session.
Students are assigned a senior member of staff of the university as a mentor.
Attending at least three meetings with the assigned mentor is a requirement for completing the Program.
Each participant will devise and conduct a leadership project in which they will play a leadership role in motivating a group to work together towards a positive change or development:
- in the ANU - within a particular area of the university (e.g. their course, a Residential Hall or Academic College, a club or society) or across the University
- or within the Canberra community.
Please note that:
- The project needs to be aimed at bringing about a positive change or development and not just on getting a better understanding of a need or issue.
- The project goal needs to focus on bringing about a positive change within the ANU or the Canberra community.
- Your leadership role in the project involves motivating others to help bring about this change.
Some seed funding may be available to support some projects through the Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund (SEEF) administered by PARSA. More information about this fund including how to apply can be found on the PARSA website: parsa.anu.edu.au/seef.
It is a requirement for completing the Leadership Program that participants make significant headway in their project within the timespan of the Program, but project completion by the end of the Program is not required.
Participants will be asked to present a brief account of their planned leadership project early in the Program and to report on their progress in the project towards the end of the Program.
Applicants must submit:
- a CV, which includes includes information about education, employment, and positions of responsibility
- a brief project proposal (300 words).
The project proposal should contain the following three headings:
- Project Proposal (what you intend to do, and who you will be working with in the project)
- Project Objectives: indicate the overall objectives of the project and what you aim to achieve within the timescale of the Leadership Program.
To get ideas for projects applicants should contact one of the following three people:
- Alyssa Shaw, PARSA President: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephen Milnes, Deputy Director Student Experience (Academic Skills and Learning Centre, Student Experience and Career Development): Stephen.Milnes@anu.edu.au
- Tania Willis, Deputy Director Access, Inclusion and Wellbeing (Access and Inclusion, Counselling Centre, Health Service): Tania.Willis@anu.edu.au
Applications close midday Friday 9 February 2018
Selection finalised and applicants notified by Wednesday 21 February 2018.
Applications to be sent to:
Dr Andrew Smith
Executive Officer (Education)
Office of the Vice-Chancellor