DCU Alumni

DCU Emerging Leaders Programme

DCU Alumni Emerging Leaders Programme

The DCU Alumni Emerging Leaders Programme aims to inspire the next generation of leaders from our Alumni community through a schedule of innovative professional development and network opportunities.

Who Can Apply? 

Alumni Relations at DCU seek emerging graduate leaders who:

  • Have high potential for future development
  • Are advanced enough in their career to bring strong experience to the table in relation to their own functional area
  • Are seeking the development opportunity to move to the next level of their career

The Emerging Leaders Programme will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Network with our international partner institutions
  • Take part in a psychometric assessment with a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist
  • Become involved in mentorship
  • Attend University events
  • Volunteer through DCU initiatives for further skill development

Leadership Coaching

Participants will have the option of applying for up to five leadership coaching session, kindly offered to the programme by The Coaching and Mentorship Partnership. These sessions will provide participants with space to think and reflect on their leadership journey.

Programme Schedule (subject to final confirmation):

Here, you will find an outline of the Emerging Leaders Programme 2022/23. In-person events are marked with “ * “ and engagement hours (both in person and online) are listed below each semester. Please note that participants have already been selected for the 2022/23 Programme.


  • Apply through Webform
  • Applicants interviewed and selected 


  • Introductory Workshop
  • Official Programme Launch *


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • Insights Discovery Workshop with Organisational and Work Psychologist *


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • Meet Your Programme Buddies
  • International Leadership and Case Study Seminar


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • 1:1 Feedback Session with Organisational and Work Psychologist *

Total Engagement Hours - September to December 2022: 4 in person; 6.5 virtual (10.5 hours)
Plus 4 coaching hours (optional)


  • No Agenda Coffee Morning 
  • Meet Your Programme Buddy


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • An Evening with DCU Chancellor, Bríd Horan *


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge International Celebration
  • Building Trust and Influence Workshop (followed by social event) *


  • Leadership Discussion Coffee Morning
  • International Leadership and Case Study Seminar II 


  • No Agenda Coffee Morning
  • Meet Your Programme Buddy
  • Next Steps Discussions with Alumni Director, Ross Munnelly and Programme Leader, Katie Keogh
  • End of Programme Celebration and Fireside Chat with DCU Alumni Award Winners * 

Total Engagement Hours - January to May 2023: 6 in person; 7.5 virtual (13.5 hours; 24 hours total)
Plus 6 coaching hours (optional)


Programme Cost: 

This is a non-profit engagement programme designed to assist our graduates in developing and enhancing their leadership skills.

Participants are invited to donate a contribution of €300 to offset the cost of professional development tools and programme materials.

We encourage graduates to discuss this opportunity with their employer who may be in a position to sponsor their participation on the Emerging Leaders Programme. 

Closing deadline for 2022/23 applications is now closed. 20 graduates have been selected representing all five faculties of study at DCU.

For further queries, please email alumni@dcu.ie