Portsmouth College Student Leadership Network

The Portsmouth College Student Leadership Network is an opportunity for current student leaders in Portsmouth schools (primarily Years 10 & 11) to have access to both local and global specialist leadership development workshops and resources. The Network would normally include a series of in-person events hosted by Portsmouth College but this year the same great speakers and activities are being brought to you digitally. 

Please use the links below to sign up to take part. You will receive joining instructions to the digital events outlined below which are scheduled for throughout the year as well as additional opportunities from across the Unloc network.

Portsmouth College

Portsmouth College is the leading Further Education college in the city. The college is dedicated to supporting the most able and talented students who show potential both academically and as individuals. Have a watch of the video on this page for an insight into how Portsmouth College could become part of your next steps. 

Upcoming Network Events:

There are no more events currently scheduled for the 2020/21 academic year. The Network will be re-launched in September 2021 with a new format. Teachers should look out for an email with more details coming soon. Students can sign up to the Opportunities page to make sure they don’t miss out on anything.

Past Network Events:

Being A Leader At School

4pm-6pm, Tuesday 24th November 2020

Unloc Director and Portsmouth City Councillor, Ben Dowling, will guide you through an interactive workshop which looks to build on your knowledge of being a leader in school.

Realising Your Ambitions

4pm-6pm, Monday 14th December 2020

Vice Admiral Sir Alan Michael Massey, KCB, CBE is a former senior officer in the Royal Navy who served as the Second Sea Lord. After his Naval career, Sir Alan went on to be the Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Sir Alan has extensive leadership experience in both military and civilian spheres. In this interactive session, he shares some of his thoughts on rising to leadership and realising your ambitions.

Triumph, Challenge and Adaptability

4.30pm-6pm, Wednesday 13th January 2021

CEO of Just Good Company, Steve Baker has spent the last 20 years in the UK charity sector where he has grown his last charity to £1.3million turnover, enabled multiple talented people to reach CEO level and trained 100s of staff and volunteers to reach their potential. Join Steve as he explores his journey in this session which looks at leadership in terms of teamwork, triumph, challenge and adaptability.

Global Youth Leadership

4.30pm-6pm, Tuesday 26th January 2021

Ella Reilly’s passions lie within sustainable development, from extreme poverty to environmental conservation. A ONE Youth Ambassador, she is working with the ONE Campaign to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030. Ella was Head Girl at Miltoncross Academy and is a supporter of youth co-production, previously working on projects concerning young people’s mental health services, student voice in schools, disability inclusion and equality in education settings. This session is all about exploring the impact young leaders can have at a global scale.

Tackling Inequality

4.30pm-6pm, Wednesday 10th February 2021

Dr Alex Blower works within the outreach team at the University of Portsmouth. Having experienced expulsion from his first school at the age of 13, in 2016, Alex began study for a PhD. As someone who is passionate about equality of access to educational opportunity for young people, Alex is a regular blogger and vlogger hosting Edu Detective on YouTube and writing on issues relating to education and inequality. In 2018 Alex spoke at a TEDx event.

Grassroots Community Leadership

4pm-6pm, Monday 22nd February 2021

Local leaders from across the political spectrum open up the discussion on grassroots community leadership for this interactive roundtable. The guests include:

  • Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE (Liberal Democrat Leader of Portsmouth City Council)
  • Cllr Donna Jones (Conservative Group Leader on Portsmouth City Council)
  • Cllr Judith Smyth (Labour Group Member on Portsmouth City Council)

Leadership In Public Life

4.30pm-5.30pm, Thursday 18th March 2021

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North and Paymaster General. As well as her political life, Penny has a wealth of leadership experience to share including as the co-author of a new leadership book ‘Greater: Rethinking the British Idea’ released in January 2021.

Exploring Personal Leadership

4.30pm-5.30pm, Tuesday 27th April 2021

Unloc Director and Portsmouth City Councillor, Ben Dowling, will work with you to learn more about different leadership styles and help you explore your own personal approach to leadership.

The Portsmouth College Student Leadership Network is kindly sponsored by: