Programmes in the UK

Common Purpose delivers a range of leadership programmes for individuals, organizations and universities, and customized programmes for organizations, in cities across the UK.

Open programmes: Senior leaders


A programme for senior leaders who work with multiple, diverse stakeholders.


An annual global programme which assembles 100 exceptional senior leaders selected from governments, businesses and NGOs across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Open programmes: Emerging leaders

The streetwise mba

A programme for inclusive leaders: to lead diverse teams, serve diverse customers and work with diverse stakeholders.

American Express Leadership Academy

A free leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector. 

Student programmes

We partner with universities to deliver our co-curricular leadership programmes. These programmes offer a cutting-edge CQ pedagogy with power experiential learning techniques, equipping students with the CQ to thrive in the world today.

Future Leader Experiences

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

Global Leader Experiences: Home

We convene a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international group of students who go off campus to tackle a global challenge in the city in which they are studying.

Global Leader Experiences: Abroad

We take students abroad, immersing them in a major city to tackle a global challenge.

Complete University Guide 2019

We are proud to work with 9 of the top 20 UK Universities.


Legacy programmes

Increasingly, Common Purpose is working with local partners in UK cities to design and deliver Legacy Programmes. These programmes bring together young people in a city or country to address the question: “What will the legacy of our generation be?” Because after all, they are the generation who will shape the future. In the UK, we are planning to run four face-to-face Legacy Programmes in 2020. Find out more about Legacy Programmes here


Commonwealth100 is a free, online leadership programme from Common Purpose that equips the next generation with 21st century leadership skills.

Our work with organizations

Customized programmes

Common Purpose works with over 1,000 organizations each year. We develop leaders who can cross boundaries at every level of an organization. Contact us to find out more about customized programmes.

Bite-sized learning

Bite-sized, impactful leadership learning for your organization at an attractive cost per head. Choose from a two-hour or half-day workshop to bring new perspectives and ideas to the leadership challenges currently facing your organization.

CQ Accelerator

The CQ Accelerator is an experiential online leadership programme designed to grow the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) of your organization as a whole. 

Upcoming programmes in the UK

Next steps
The streetwise mba: Manchester
Meridian: Birmingham & Midlands
Meridian: Glasgow & Edinburgh
Meridian: Bristol & South West
Meridian: Belfast & Northern Ireland
Meridian: Newcastle & North East
Meridian: Lancashire
Meridian: Manchester & the North West
Meridian: Leeds & Yorkshire