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Both the the Development and Advanced Levels of the Student Leaders Programme you must attend a Core Workshop and at least one Skills Workshop. 

There are many Skills Workshops to choose from including workshops delivered by GCU staff, external organisations and employers. 

Below you can find the Skills Workshops which are being delivered by GCU staff, external organisations and employers in Trimester 1 2019/20 with a small description detailing what will be covered in the workshops. 


Scottish Institute for Enterprise - Ideas With Impact
Tuesday 15th October; 2-4pm


Do you want to be a trailblazing leader in your future field?

In this interactive, you will be introduced to the ‘design sprint’ process. Developed at Google Ventures, the design sprint has emerged as the go-to method for forward-thinking organisations/teams that seek to create and test new ideas. Join the Scottish Institute for Enterprise to develop your innovation skills and learn how to better inspire and manage others in solving problems.

What key skills will you practice in this workshop?

Flexibility / Adaptability 
Creative Problem Solving
Opportunity recognition 


 Research and Innovation Office – How To Make Change Happen  
 Thursday  24th October; 2-4pm
 Thursday  31st October; 2-4pm   




Join a team specialising in international social innovation to learn about the Social Innovation Spiral alongside the Design Thinking Process; and learn how to implement these processes when developing innovative ideas.  The workshop will discuss the experience that GCU has on enabling Social Innovation in South East Asia and Latin America; providing useful self-assessment tools designed for social innovators. 


This is a continuation from the Introduction to Social Innovation Workshop.


Katrina Forbes & Ellen Gibson GCU Careers Service - Articulating Leadership to Employers 
Tuesday 22nd October; 2-4pm


Are you unclear on what leadership skills and qualities you possess? Then how are you going to tell an employer about them? This session will allow you to identify your leadership skills and qualities from the experiences you have had so far. We will then look at how you demonstrate these skills on CV’s, applications and in person at interviews.


Adrian Lui Equality and Diversity Advisor GCU - Unconscious Bias Training
Monday 28th October; 2-4pm


This session aims to help Student Leaders to support a positive and inclusive working and learning environment. It will explore the way that the brain processes information and makes short-cuts in doing so. The training will help you identify types of unconscious bias, teach how unconscious bias applies in practice and when unconscious bias occurs and how to manage it. 


Duncan Thomson GCU Student Wellbeing - Mindfulness 
Firday 1st November; 10-12pm


Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? Why not attend our two hour session in the Student Leaders Programme. Mindfulness meditation offers simple yet powerful techniques that can be incorporated into our daily lives to help us cope with stress and increase feelings of contentment, and numerous studies have found that regular practitioners can experience:

  • A decrease in anxiety, low mood and irritability
  • Better and more fulfilling relationships
  • Lower levels of stress
  • A reduction in the impact of serious conditions such as chronic pain
  • An improved immune system



 Megan Richardson Scottish Student Sport (SSS) –  Making the Connection; Sports and Employability 
 Wednesday 6th November; 10-12pm


Research shows that students who engaged in sport at university are more likely to possess career-enhancing qualities and earn a higher salary than those who did not. So, what exactly are the employability skills that involvement in sport develops? This workshop will help you to answer this, while also building an understanding of the employment routes that sport opens up and what employers are looking for during the application process.



For more information contact:

Kerry Lyon, Student Leaders Co-ordinator
Visit NH221 (Students' Association Building, Level 2, room 21)




GCU Students' Association, 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA.

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