Future Leader Experiences

Students connect with senior leaders and go behind the scenes in their city to explore how to be a leader with CQ.

About Future Leader Experiences

Over three days, the programme enables students to:

  • learn how to lead change
  • develop the skills required to understand and navigate complexity
  • develop the CQ needed to collaborate with a diverse range of people
  • broaden their horizons by meeting a diverse range of senior leaders
  • visit public, private and not-for-profit organizations that they might not normally have access to
  • build the self-belief that they can be a leader
  • understand how decisions are made and how change happens.

University benefits:

  • Strengthen relationships with a diverse range of leaders and organizations
  • Support students’ integration into the community and city
  • Increase international students’ access to a diverse range of leaders and organizations.
Goda Gavenyte, Student, Lancaster University

“The leadership programme is one of the most valuable courses I have ever attended. I met inspiring speakers, broadened my network and gained knowledge about leadership. For the first time in my life I was surrounded by people who were from absolutely different cultural backgrounds. Because of the programme, I’m more confident I can be a successful leader in the future!” 

How it works

Students prepare for the programme by getting to know each other and setting their learning targets.

The City & Leadership

Students explore leadership and CQ. Through discussions with fellow participants, they explore how to work with a diverse range of people with differing opinions. They have interactive conversations with senior leaders, who share their experiences of leading change. Students also reflect on their personal perspectives of what makes a leader and what type of leader they want to be.


Students visit organizations across different sectors, to learn from the successes and failures of the people who lead there. Students are encouraged to explore the culture of their host organizations, and reflect how they operate in unfamiliar environments.

Real Life Challenges

Students work in small groups to tackle the challenge set by local public, private and not-for-profit organizations. They present their ideas to a leader within the organization and gain feedback before returning to the wider group.


Students reflect on the three days to understand how to move forward and articulate their learning. Students also plan for a specific goal of theirs and think about how to use their leadership skills to get there and achieve that aspirational goal.

Students join an alumni network of over 80,000 leaders worldwide. Our online platform provides the opportunity of life-long learning through networking and connecting with other Common Purpose Alumni through our global connect events.

Heather Thomas, Student, UEA

“This programme has allowed me to develop practical skills within the workplace. As a result of the programme, I have felt more motivated and inspired. I now feel more confident in my abilities as a leader and I feel able to make use of my strengths and work on my weaknesses.”

Olivia Martin, Student, University of Leeds

“It’s valuableI have learnt so much. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk to people that I never would have before and gained vital networks through this. I would recommend this to anyone.”

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*Most programmes are free of charge for students. Universities may on occasion and at their discretion choose to pass on costs to their students.

*Each price includes all curriculum design, project management, contributor and visit host recruitment, programme delivery and materials, staffing, staff travel and accommodation, evaluation and post-programme alumni engagement. We also provide recruitment materials and an information session to potential applicants. Please note that the above costs do not include VAT as well as associated costs such as venues, catering, and any student accessibility requirements (such as BSL interpreters), which are the responsibility of the University.