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Specialist Programme

Trailblazer Programme

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Six sessions over a four - five month period
Part time

Page last updated 30 August 2019


UWE Bristol are offering our alumni a pioneering and exclusive professional development programme, relevant across disciplines, regardless of when you graduated.

Launched in September 2018, our Trailblazer Programme blends face-to-face sessions with online research resources and interactive sessions. Participants are motivated to maximise personal impact, boost effectiveness and develop leadership skills.

Facilitated by experienced academics, seasoned practitioners, and inspirational speakers, this programme echoes the mantra of learning by doing which is integral to our Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School.

Who is it for?

Offered exclusively to UWE Bristol alumni on a complimentary basis, this is a chance to continue the learning that you began when you were a student. The programme enables you to take advantage of your lifelong connection to our expertise and community.

This programme will give you up-to-date relevant skills to use in your professional career. You will also gain access to a growing and vibrant community of Trailblazers with future networking events.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme, however places are offered exclusively to UWE Bristol alumni from our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The programme incorporates four stand-alone face-to-face sessions alongside online learning and two interactive sessions per cohort. We do ask that you make every effort to attend all sessions.

Session 1 - Leading Self for Personal Effectiveness

Learn how to adapt your behaviour and actions when dealing with different individuals, tasks and situations. Acquire the skills to deliver exceptional performance, authentically.

Session 2 - Leading Others for Impact

Practical tips on creating high performing teams focusing on; healthy team dynamics, influencing and communicating.

Session 3 - Coaching and Mentoring

Transform your personal management style in this practical session by developing your coaching and mentoring skills to enhance performance and encourage self-exploration.

Session 4 - Design Thinking

Experience the creative process of finding new and transformative solutions to problems whilst also generating innovative ideas and opportunities.

Online resources

You will have access to a range of online resources to enhance your understanding of the topics covered. These include webinars, online presentations and articles.


Graduation event for the year's cohorts.


Professional accreditation

This programme has been approved by the CPD Certification service. This means that on completion of the course you will receive a certificate to demonstrate your CPD hours.

The growing network of participants will benefit from lasting relationships with likeminded professionals.

Study facilities

Our Executive Education Programmes are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your development needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our programme, you will need to have access to a computer to participate in webinar sessions.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Although the programme is complimentary for UWE Bristol alumni, we are asking for a fee of £25 to cover administration costs.

Course Dates


March 2019

Session 1

Session 2


Session 3

Session 4



Wednesday 18 September 2019

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Monday 9 December 2019

Thursday 23 January 2020

Tuesday 18 February 2020


17:00 - 20:00

17:00 - 20:00

18:30 - 20:00

17:00 - 20:00

17:00 - 20:00

18:30 - 20:00


  • Sessions are delivered in our Bristol Business Engagement Centre at Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY. How to find UWE Bristol

How to apply

How to apply

Places are limited to 50 participants per cohort, with bookings confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

Due to high demand, the September 2019 course is now full. However, the next programme will be running from March 2020. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for this course please email your name, email address and the course you studied via the 'enquire now link' below.

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If you are interested in our range of full executive education programmes, please see the course listing here.

For further information

  • Email: Please complete the enquiry form above
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84563

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