LEAP: The PGR Leadership Programme

Delivered by a renowned leadership coach and researcher Dr Steve Hutchinson, the LEAP certificate will enable you to understand what leadership is, explore how you can lead authentically and support you to get the best from the people around you.

This three-stage programme will provide you with tools, ideas and practical strategies to help you lead authentically in each of the following three areas:

  1. Shaping the PURPOSE of your field and leading intellectual decisions
  2. Directing PROJECTS that deliver impactful and meaningful results
  3. Guiding and developing PEOPLE to reach their potential

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who successfully complete the whole programme.

If you are offered a place you will be expected to attend all 3 sessions within your cohort. You can find more information about this in our LEAP Programme Participation Agreement.

Applications for the next cohort will open in September 2024. 

How to apply

Due to the flagship nature of the programme and the limited number of places we have available we are asking that you apply for a place. Please note that applications for the will open in September 2024, and the LEAP workshops will take place between January and February 2025.

Key Dates 

  • 11 September 2024 – Applications open
  • 15 October 2024 (midday) – Applications close
  • Week commencing 2 December 2024 - Applicants are informed of the outcome

Drop-in sessions (all times listed are BST)

In order to help you produce your application and to make sure the process is as accessible as possible to everyone interested in applying we will be holding twice weekly drop-in sessions between September and October. These sessions will be held on Zoom and are designed to be short drop-ins to allow you to ask any questions about the application. 

  • Monday 16 September 2024: 10.00 – 11.00 
  • Wednesday 18 September 2024: 15.30 – 16.30 
  • Tuesday 24 September 2024: 10.00 – 11.00 
  • Thursday 26 September2024: 15.30 – 16.30 
  • Monday 30 September 2024: 10.00 – 11.00 
  • Friday 4 October 2024: 15.30 – 16.30 
  • Tuesday 8 October 2024: 10.00 – 11.00 
  • Thursday 10 October 2024: 15.30 – 16.30 
  • Monday 14 October 2024: 10.00 – 11.00

The Process

All applicants will be asked to complete two motivation questions. These answers will then be anonymised (this will be done by a member of the team not involved in the scoring process) and scored blind by two reviewers from the research community at the University. All scores will then be recorded, ranked and discussed during a review panel meeting to take the final decisions.  

How do I know if I have a place?

All applicants will be informed in the week commencing 2 December 2024, for participation in the January 2025 Cohort.

  • If you have been successful you will be informed of the joining instructions and any pre-work
  • If you have been placed on the waiting list you will be given a date by which you will know whether a place has become available.
  • If you have been unsuccessful you will be provided a link to some bespoke resources which have been curated for you.


If you have any questions please contact us at researcher@liverpool.ac.uk