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

Foundations of Leadership Retreat
This intensive three day retreat will enhance your understanding of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. There will be personal learning and team building activities in which you’ll explore your own values and self-identity; discover how to establish effective teams and utilise team diversity; and understand project planning, time management and problem solving.

Leadership development modules
With a combination of face-to-face and online delivery of content and activities, you will need to complete six leadership development modules. You will gain an insight into teamwork, self-awareness, project management, marketing, problem solving, conflict resolution, effective decision making, social impact and public speaking.

Team project
JCLA participants form small teams and undertake community-based projects with selected not-for-profit 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 to seven hours per week during semester will be required to participate fully and meet the program requirements. This includes taking part in project team meetings.

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.

Program timeline

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

Applications for JCLA 2019 are now closed. To register your interest in next year’s program, submit your 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.
  • receive recognition of your participation via Curtin Extra

How to apply for JCLA

Applications for JCLA 2019 are now closed. To register your interest in next year’s program, submit your expression of interest.

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 and commitment to positive social change.

You will need to complete the online application form, including your most recent Academic Transcript as an attachment, via UniHub.