John Curtin Leadership Academy

John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) is Curtin University’s flagship co-curricular leadership program. JCLA can help you build the skills to identify your strengths; reflect, collaborate and communicate effectively; and facilitate positive social change in communities, all while gaining real-world experience.

Underpinned by the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, participation in JCLA takes place over the full academic year and requires passion – passion to make a difference, have an impact and become a leader.

Program structure

JCLA Leadership Intensive
This three day intensive will enhance your understanding of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, provide the opportunity to develop self-awareness, and identify the personal strengths that you can bring to a team. You will learn how to develop team effectiveness through group activities and challenges in which you’ll explore your own values and self-identity, and utilise team diversity. You will gain an understanding of various effective approaches to problem solving, decision making, project planning, and effective communication that will enable success in delivering JCLA project outcomes.

Leadership development modules
In a combination of face-to-face and online delivery of content and activities, you will need to complete six leadership development modules and two workshops. You will build on your understanding of project management, marketing and public relations, event management, problem solving, managing conflict, social impact measurement, reporting and public speaking.

Team project
JCLA participants undertake community-based projects in small teams in partnership with selected not-for-profit or for-purpose organisations. This experience enables you to facilitate positive social change in a community while gaining real-world leadership experience to compliment the development modules.

Time and energy
A commitment of approximately five hours per week will be required to participate fully and meet the program requirements. This includes taking part in project team meetings and individual project tasks.

Presentation and graduation event
JCLA project teams present their accomplishments and key learnings to an audience of industry leaders and academics from the corporate, government, social enterprise and not-for-profit sectors and members of the Curtin community.

Program timeline

JCLA commences in January, concluding at the end of October of the same academic year.

Applications for JCLA 2020 have now closed.
If you are interested in applying for JCLA 2021, please submit an expression of interest.

Program outcomes

On completion of the JCLA program, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • develop a clearer understanding of your values, strengths and areas for improvement
  • develop and demonstrate collaborative leadership with peers from various faculties
  • develop a greater understanding of diversity and inclusion
  • effect positive social change in the community.
  • develop leadership skills that will enhance your employability and facilitate further opportunities for personal and professional development
  • receive recognition of your participation via Curtin Extra
  • become part of a strong Alumni network that continues to create positive change in the community

How to apply for JCLA

JCLA is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate Curtin students who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement in their course of study. Applicants are also assessed on demonstrated community service, leadership and commitment to positive social change.

Applications for JCLA 2020 have now closed. If you are interested in applying for JCLA 2021, please submit an expression of interest.