All Wales Public Service Leadership Summer School 2019


24 to 28 June 2019, Residential

University of Wales, Lampeter

Apply by:

Route 1: 15 March 2019
Route 2: 8 April 2019
Read: How to apply




Summer School is an intensive, five-day residential learning experience bringing together leaders and managers to address key issues on a specific leadership topic.

The week of learning will focus on 'The Leadership Challenge – from efficient to exemplary'.

Benefits to you

Summer School is designed as a ‘stretch’ programme which will give you the opportunity to review and refresh your skills, build new knowledge and gain insight into cutting edge leadership practice. You will get the chance to explore innovative ways to ‘deliver the business’, drawing on a wealth of global knowledge and experience.

'I can’t say that Summer School “met” my expectations! It completely exceeded my expectations. In fact it has reframed my expectations of myself. This is TRANSFORMATIONAL!'
Delegate 2018, National Resources Wales

'Exceeded my expectations beyond measure. I feel privileged to have been part of such an amazing group of people.'
Delegate 2018, Wales Council for Voluntary Action

'If you’re not sure if Summer School is for you; it is! It will open your mind, broaden your knowledge and networks (friends) and most importantly, really makes you think!'
Delegate 2018, Institute of Welsh Affairs


Speakers for 2019 include:

Find out more about them in the Summer School 2019 speakers section.

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Focusing on citizens and quality

Championing innovation and change

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Strategic orientation

Target audience

Summer School is aimed at senior managers and leaders from across the public and third sector in Wales, who influence and shape the delivery of our services, and who are engaged in leading change.


University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7ED

Details of how to get to Lampeter are available from the University's website (external link).


There is a cost for Summer School of £500 which covers a contribution to learning costs for the event. The cost of accommodation and food for the week is covered but delegates' travel costs will not be met by the programme.

Please note that should you be awarded a place at Summer School and then withdraw from the programme, your organisation may be required to pay the full cost.

How to apply

Demonstrating return on investment has never been more important than in today’s climate.

Return on investment is not simply about financial gain. It's the sustainable impact of the learning for both you and your organisation and how this links to services provided for the people of Wales. It is particularly relevant for those who are working through challenging times and seeking to make significant improvements to their organisational outcomes.

With this in mind, we ask organisations to put forward nominees for places at Summer School.

You can find out if your organisation uses this process to manage applications on our organisational contacts list:

There are two ways to apply for a place:

Route 1: Nominated applications - 15 March 2019

If your organisation is on our contact list, you must use this route (or your application will not be processed).

If you work in an organisation that is on the list above, you must approach the named person to find out how to apply through your internal process. You will then need to complete our online application form by 15 March 2019.

Please note: we cannot accept direct applications from employees of these organisations (unless we have approval from the organisational contact).

Once your organisation has confirmed your nomination, you can complete our online application form.

Route 2: Independent applications - 8 April 2019

If your organisation is not on our contact list, you can use this route (with senior level authorisation).

If you work in an organisation that is not on the list above, you can complete our online application form independently (you must have authorisation from your chief executive or senior leader) by 8 April 2019.

Application form

Once you've gone through the correct application route above, you can complete the application form.

  • Applications are now closed.

More information

To find more about Summer School, please see our detailed information.