Student Leadership Development Programme (SLDP)

About The Programme

The innovative Student Leadership Development Programme (also known as the Elevation Networks Leadership Programme – ENLP) is a year-long programme that supports students from non-traditional backgrounds that are displaying leadership potential, but lack the necessary networks and support systems to turn their time at university into an employment outcome upon graduation.


Applications for SLDP 2018 are now open!



The application deadline is Friday 9th February at 12pm.

For more information about the programme and how to apply, please email:

Case Studies

James Sesay

James’ project BISCEY sought to motivate young people in the area of Southwark to pursue the career of their choice and making their dream job reality. He organised a ‘Lunch in the City’ featuring guest speaker Prem Goyal OBE. The event covered a range of topics which included: the importance of education, staying motivated, finding the right balance of work and extracurricular and also surrounding yourself around the right people. James graduated from The University of Essex in 2014 after achieving a first class degree in BSc Economics. He is currently interning at Thomson Reuters and in September will begin an MSc in Finance at Imperial. He continues to be active with Project BISCEY and is currently making plans for the next academic year.

Paul Nguyen

Student Leader Paul strives to Improve Dialogue between Small Charities and Big Businesses. As his project for SLDP, Paul founded Corporate Funding in Transition or C-FIT for short. He put together a team of nine master’s students to organise an innovative, free public forum at LSE which aimed to improve relationships and facilitate partnerships between companies and small and medium-sized charities in the UK. The forum included a two-hour roundtable discussion with a panel of company and charity representatives followed by a networking reception.
Paul received funding from Starbucks, O2 and the London School of Economics Department of Management to support this event which took place in May 2014. For more information follow @CFIT2014 and @PaaulNguyen 


Can I balance this with my studies?

Yes you can. You only need to dedicate 100 hours of your time throughout the year (roughly two hours a week) and it is entirely up to you how you divide your time.

What kind of projects can I do?

There are a variety of projects that you may want to undertake. These can be within your local community, university, society, and even abroad. You will receive guidance in project design.

Will I need to pay for my own travel to Geneva?

No, this is included in the cost of the programme. The only thing you will need to cover is your spending money.

Will I get a reference for this?

Yes. Upon completion you will receive a signed reference along with your ILM Leadership and Management Certificate.

Can final year university students apply?

Yes, but only if they can demonstrate their ability to commit to delivering 100 hours throughout the whole year.

Will I get support with my project?

The EN team will be on hand to support you with your project needs, don’t worry!


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