Specialist Programme Trailblazer Programme

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Two sessions a week for two weeks
Part time

Page last updated 25 September 2023


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 is currently run as a diverse range of online 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 and Help to Grow 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.

*Please note there is a £30 administrative fee

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 and Help to Grow alumni.



The programme will be delivered via online learning, meaning you can attend and study from anywhere in the world. You will attend live and interactive group taught sessions online on set dates.

At the end of the programme you will receive a Digital Credential to confirm your completion of the programme. You must attend all sessions to achieve the credential.

Session 1 - Building inclusive leadership skills

Delivered by Dr Vanda Papafilippou, Senior Lecturer in HRM
Understand what we mean by 'Inclusive Leadership' as well as your implicit assumptions and biases and start developing the necessary knowledge, motivation, and skills to identify where to start from in order to become an inclusive leader.

Session 2 - Self-development growth and empowerment

Delivered by Hilary Drew, Vlasios Sarantinos and Mahwish Khan (HRM Cluster)

This session will enable you to reflect on your existing training and development needs and will provide you with tools to go forward in seeking opportunities for upskilling and enhancing your personal development.

Session 3 - Coaching and Mentoring

Delivered by Dr Arthur Turner, Senior Lecturer.

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

Session 4 - Being entrepreneurial in the workplace

Delivered by Adrian Rivers, Senior Lecturer

Adrian is a senior lecturer on the pioneering Team Entrepreneurship degree programme at Bristol Business School. During this interactive session he will be exploring entrepreneurial characteristics and how these can be applied to overcome challenges and maximise opportunities in the workplace. The session will give you the opportunity to apply creative skills, reflect on the challenges, achievements and opportunities within your workplace and engage in dialogue with your cohort. You will leave with tangible actions and top tips that you can apply to be more entrepreneurial in your workplace.


Study facilities

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

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Although the programme is complimentary for UWE Bristol and Help to Grow alumni, we are asking for a fee of £30 to cover administration costs.

Course Dates


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Thursday 12 October 2023

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Thursday 19 October 2023



17:30- 20:00

17:30- 20:00


Sessions are held virtually

How to apply

How to apply

The October cohort is now fully booked. To join the waitlist, please email cbl.engagement@uwe.ac.uk.

For further information