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Wales Public Service Summer School 2018

  • Dates:
    25 - 29 June 2018, Residential
  • University of Wales, Lampeter
  • Apply by:
    Route 1: 13 April 2018
    Route 2: 13 April 2018
    Read: How to apply
  • Cost:

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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 ‘Leading by Choice – bravery, leadership on the line'.

Speakers for 2018 include:

  • Dame Louise Casey - Louise has constantly delivered brave and innovative solutions to major long standing social policy problems for the government ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour.
  • Eugene Sadler-Smith - Eugene is a professor of Organisational Behaviour, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK. His current research interests are intuition and hubris in organisation, management and leadership.
  • Michael West - Michael is Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund, London and Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books and has published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books.
  • Naomi Stanford - Naomi is an organisation design practitioner teacher and author of a number of books, such as 'Organization Design: Engaging with Change', and 'Organization Design: the Collaborative Approach'.

Find out more about them in the Summer School 2018 speakers section.

Who is Summer School for?

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.

It 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.

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 2 ways to apply for a place

Route 1: Nominated
If your organisation is on our list, you must use this route (or your application will not be process)
Route 2: Independent
If your organisation is not on our list, you can use this route (with senior level authorisation)
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 13 April 2018.

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.
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 13 April 2018.

Application form

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


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.


University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
SA48 7ED

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

More information

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

Feedback from leaders

'Summer School is a tough, challenging and insightful week providing you with an opportunity to get off the treadmill and reflect upon your leadership skills. I feel I will be going back to work equipped with the leadership skills I need to make a difference.'
Delegate 2017, NHS Wales shared Services Partnership

'A week of learning in an environment full of energy and focus. Amazing world class speakers delivering knowledge to a captive and engaged audience.
Delegate 2017, Dyfed Powys Police

'I came away from Summer School re-energized, with the quality and commitment of our public servants. Better even than that, I came away a better public servant myself'
Delegate 2017, National Museum Wales

Main image courtesy of: Debbie Olivari (Whitchurch Camera Club)