Common Purpose Student Experiences

We run programmes for students, working with top universities around the world to create the next generation of leaders.



We ran our first university programme in 2004



We have worked with more than 50 universities in cities across 20 countries.



We have run over 160 student programmes since 2005.



Over 2,000 students have participated in our Student Experiences in the last two years.

11 of the top 30 universities

We have worked with a third of the worlds top universities (QS World University Rankings); Oxford, Harvard, Chicago, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Kings' College London, Imperial College London and University College London. 

The ambition for Student Experiences

We aim to become the leading student leadership development organisation in the world. We plan to achieve this by creating the largest network of future leaders who, in turn, become an engine of innovation for major global challenges.

Jonathan Donner, Vice President Learning and Capability Development, Unilever PLC, Chair of Common Purpose Student Experiences

"Common Purpose and its university partners have been working together for many years. The result is a game changer, developing the key leadership competencies needed today, whilst connecting students, cities and employers across a truly global network."

Global Leader Experiences

Global Leader Experience is our global programme focused on developing students’ Cultural Intelligence (the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures) through tackling real-life challenges and building a diverse network.


Frontrunner is our local programme focused on developing students’ ability to lead change in their city by understanding how it, and in fact any, city operates.

Contact us

Learn more

If you want to discuss which programme is most appropriate for you or your students, please contact us at

Work with us

We are a rapidly growing organisation and are always looking for talented people who want to join us on our journey. If you are interested, please send your CV to For other jobs in Common Purpose, please visit work for us.

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Frontrunner programmes

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Global Leader Experience programmes

Student Experiences Trustees

The Board of Common Purpose Student Experiences is responsible for governance and strategic direction.

Hear from student participants

Global Leader Experiences - our global programme to develop students' Cultural Intelligence by tackling real-life challenges and building a diverse network.

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Our university partners include:


Thanks for giving me the opportunity of working with such an amazing group! #GLE @cpstudent