How To Complete

How do I complete the Leadership Academy?

What do I need to do? Completing the leadership award is simple! 

Steps to completing the Leadership Award

  1. You need to hold a position of responsibility; if you don't already or you aren't sure if your role counts please email who can help you get yourself into a position so you can take part and develop yourself! 
  2.  Register online. If you register after 10th November you won't be able to attend the Leadership Academy Conference but you can still take part - you just need to attend an additional training session. 
  3.  The next step is to fulfil the criteria below before 26th March 23:59

During the period September – March:

How many


Examples of activities you could use


At least 1

Be able to demonstrate you currently hold or have held a Position of Responsibility at the university

Programme Representative - Society Core Committee member - Society Sub-committee member - RAG Project Leader - RAG Board Rep - Students’ Union Part Time Officer or Councillor - Student Media Contributor - Working with Community Fund - Sustainability Leader - Student Staff - Other Volunteering Opportunities 


If you are unsure please enquire 

At least 2

Attend Students’ Union Student Leaders Training sessions

These training sessions include the Leadership Academy Conference*, Societies Training, Programme Rep Training, PTO training. It will also include some training sessions ran by the University so keep an eye out for the City Students' Union or Leaderhsip Academy logo to see if this counts(!). There are also lots of other training sessions and workshops which you can attend - to see what we have coming up click here. 

*If you didn't attend the Leadership Conference be sure to try to attend an additional session so you can cover all the sessions. 

At least 2

Be able to evidence work as a leader on Voluntary Activities as part of your role 

Plan an event or activity - Organise a Survey - Run a campaign - Arrange a Charity Collection - Lead an initiative to improve something at Uni - Create a project - Submit at motion to the Students' Union All Student Meeting

  1.  Log any training or activity which you take part in here
  2.  Complete the SU Leadership Award Debriefing in March. 
  3. Complete your Leadership Award Submission online before the end of March. Use the STAR Technique to do this.

Completing Criteria Activities

It is up to you to seek out and complete the activities through your position of responsibility, and you get to choose the activities you are most interested in, to contribute towards your award.

Collecting evidence

You will need to collect at least once piece of evidence of the Voluntary Activities that you will later include in your submission. Evidence could be a photo, a document, a poster, or a screenshot of an email or webpage.

(In particular bear this in mind if you are organising an event - take a photo during the event!)

The STAR Technique

City Careers can support with the STAR technique and they have a great webpage right here to talk you through it. 

You should demonstrate each of your competencies by using examples of your own responsibilities, trainings, and activities, using the STAR Method - this applies both to written submissions and also to verbally spoken questions at interview.

The 4 stages of the STAR Method are as follows:





For the Leadership Academy, you will need to focus on gaining experience and skills in Leadership, plus at least 4 other competencies as listed above. Your Criteria Activities will ensure that you have the material required to complete STAR Method paragraphs for 5 competencies in your Leadership Award Submission

City Careers can support with the STAR technique and they have a great webpage right here to talk you through it. 

The Students' Union Leadership Award can contribute towards acheiving City University's Employability Award, run by the university Careers Service.



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