Exeter Leaders Award

Students receiving their Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award certificates

"Initially I did the Award just to put on my CV as another thing I had got from my time at Exeter. I had no idea at the time how much it was going to help me. I learned to be more successful in job hunting during the recession and know I can compete."

Biological Medicinal Chemistry student

Leadership and achievement

The Exeter Leaders Award is an extracurricular award that recognises leadership and provides a framework to help you develop as a leader. To achieve the Leaders Award you must:

  • Complete the Exeter Award
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes via a designated leadership role, whilst studying at Exeter
  • Attend a programme of leadership development workshops
  • Complete a reflective application form
  • Deliver a presentation to a panel

The Exeter Leaders Award focuses on leadership. Participants must demonstrate their leadership skills and attributes via a leadership role for a prolonged period of time, which takes place whilst studying at Exeter. In addition to your leadership role, you must complete and submit an online application form, participate in five skills sessions, and deliver a presentation to a panel.

Completing The Exeter Award is a pre-requisite for registering for the Exeter Leaders Award. However, there is nothing to stop you attending Leaders Award activities in readiness – they will then show as completed in your Leaders Award profile when you register. See our FAQs for more information.

Find out more about getting started and have a look at the Leaders Award structure for more information on the activities needed to complete the award.

Completion Deadlines for Final Year Students

If you are in your final year and are planning to complete your Exeter Award or Leaders Award then this information is important to you.



Institute of Leadership and Management qualification

This year the university is offering the opportunity for students on both the Exeter and Cornwall Campuses to apply for a bursary to study for a professional qualification in leadership in conjunction with their Exeter Leaders Award. Find out more about the qualification and application process here.