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Elevate: a senior leadership programme for women of colour

Applications are now open for Elevate: A senior leadership programme for women of colour, at the University of Edinburgh. In this blog post we provide further details about the programme and an upcoming online information session for those interested in applying this year.

Following the success of its 2021 pilot we are bringing back our senior leadership programme for women of colour for new participants in 2024. The Elevate programme is designed for women of colour, who are at grades 8-10 at the University of Edinburgh and are aiming to move forward in their academic leadership.

The programme will run from January – June 2024.

About the programme

Taking place over 6 months, the course offers the opportunity to develop a cohort of 20 peers, receive specialist training, hear from inspiring speakers and take part in both 121 coaching and action learning.

We have chosen to focus on women from diverse ethnic backgrounds as they are particularly under-represented in the University. The original programme was co-designed with women from the Edinburgh Race Equality Network and the context of the programme acknowledges the structural injustices faced by women of colour and that it is not their work to overcome these barriers. The University is working on several strands of work to reduce these barriers. The content of this programme is designed to give participants a space for development in their own right and further equip them for leadership in a way that is centred around their needs.

Elevate is a six month immersive, experiential and transformational leadership programme that creates an enhanced sense of connection and belonging; building alliances and community as the foundation to learning and peer support. The programme is designed to provide a psychological safe space for participants to bring and voice lived experience and multiple perspectives, unpacking the intersecting aspects of their identity using creative techniques. This enables the cultivation of a deeper understanding of oneself, peers and the wider HE system through sense making the past and present to inform the future.

Online information session

We are running an online information session for those interested in learning more about the programme before they apply. This will be on Friday 22 September at 10:00 -11:00.

Register to attend on our website


There are 20 places available and the application deadline is Monday 2 October 2023, 9am. Find full application details and information about how to apply on our website

Elevate programme | Edinburgh Research Office website


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