BUCS Student Leadership programme

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)


Closing date:   6 January 2020
Location:   United Kingdom
Region:   United Kingdom
Employment type:   Volunteer
Salary:   Student Opportunity


BUCS is launching a national leadership programme for students who are currently in a sports leadership role. The programme will help evidence the value and impact such a role can have on both professional and personal development as a leader.

If this sounds like you, apply today to be one of the very first students, in a cohort of only 30, to be part of this opportunity in 2020.

About the programme

Working with Sporting People the programme will:

  • Provide you with the understanding, skills and attributes needed to be successful, in existing student leadership roles and future employment prospects.
  • Enhance your skillsets and develop graduate attributes to aid your future career prospects.
  • Help you to identify and understand own personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Highlight areas of personal and professional development.

It runs over four engaging, interactive one day events that bring to life the BUCS leadership framework. These days include case studies, presentations from leaders both in and outside of the sports sector. Topics covered will include the following key essential leadership characteristics:

  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Problem solving and innovative thinking
  • Planning and implementing
  • Personal development
  • Developing people
  • Communication and influence
  • Self-Awareness and emotional intelligence

View the full student leadership framework here.

Programme Dates

All students that join the leadership programme must be available to attend on the following dates:

  • Sunday 9 February
  • Sunday 29 March 
  • Sunday 10 May 
  • Sunday 7 June 

The BUCS leadership programme is supported by CIMSPA 

CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. They are committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed. CIMSPA helps to nurture talent, develop careers and inspire professionalism and are committed to supporting and developing quality and relevant learning and development opportunities.

All students in the BUCS leadership programme will be given CIMSPA student membership and access to a range on further online e-learning.


The programme will cost £200+VAT per student to attend. This includes all leadership events, CIMSPA membership, lunch, refreshments, plus tutor support throughout the programme.

The fee does not include travel to leadership events. Universities will be invoiced for student places, if successful.  It is down to individual universities choice if this is passed onto the student.


  • Applicants must be a current student and should currently be in or considering a sports and physical activity leadership role within their institution. This includes but not exclusive to; club committee member, social sport activator, community sport volunteer or AU President.
  • Applicants need to have university approval in order to be nominated. This could be a director of sport or senior member of staff within the sports department or student union. The university must be engaged and support the chosen students throughout their leadership journey, especially during the period between the four days of delivery. This includes the commitment to participating in any associated monitoring and evaluation. Nominations will not be accepted without approval and endorsement. 
  • Applicants must be committed to their personal and professional development and learning
  • Applicants must be prepared to travel for the four events that form the programme. 

This programme will be a high-quality learning experience for the students involved. Participants will develop personally and professionally, and will be expected to share and practice their learnings with staff and students at their university.

How to apply 

To apply for the BUCS leadership programme, download and complete the application form.
The form must be completed by both the student leader and the university staff representative.

  • Applications close on 6 January 2020
  • Successful applicants to be informed on 10 January 2020

For institutions
Each university is only able to nominate a maximum of three students to join the leadership programme. It is the decision of the individual institution as to which nominations they support.

The BUCS Professional and Workforce Development Strategy Group will organise a representative panel who will decide the successful students. All nominations will be anonymised to ensure an equitable and fair process. All decisions will be based purely on information and details on the application form.

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