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Women in Leadership Scholarship Competition 2021

Entries for 2021 have now closed. The winner has been notified and will be announced in the Financial Times in the autumn.

Now in its ninth year, the Women in Leadership scholarship is designed to offer practical support for the development of strong female talent and reflects the shared mission of the three partner institutions to encourage gender balance in leadership teams.

The competition is open to both women and men who have relevant experience in the workplace either in managing a team, running a project or planning strategy. Entries need to answer, in no more than 800 words, the question:

“The number of women on the boards of top companies overall remains far below 50%, and few make it to CEO. How can organisations, policymakers and individuals encourage greater female participation at the top?”

Entries must be submitted using the official application form. The winner will receive a fully-funded place worth up to £39,500 on our part-time Executive MBA - Global or Flexible Executive MBA programme starting in September/October 2021.

Deadline for entry: applications for 2021 have now closed.

Judging panel

  • Claire Collins, Professor of Leadership Development and Behaviour
  • Pavita Cooper, 30% Club steering committee
  • Harriet Arnold, Assistant Editor, Financial Times Special Reports
  • Plus additional judges to be confirmed.

Judging criteria

It is important that participants draw not only on data, research and other evidence to support their arguments but also their own personal experience.

We want submissions which make us think differently - challenge the status quo and demonstrate a real understanding of the dilemmas faced.

We are also keen to hear about contemporary issues and how they are affecting the achievement of true gender equality.

Up to 10 finalists will be shortlisted from all entries received by the deadline.

Participants do not need to apply for an MBA place before entering this competition, but are expected to check that they qualify for entry on to the programme.

The winner has been notified and will be announced in the Financial Times in the autumn.


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