Leadership short course (Live Online | 22-26 Nov | 5 ECTS)

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Key facts


5 ECTS towards a Level 9 (NFQ) awarded by University College Dublin

How it's delivered

100% Online. Live online workshops each morning (9.30am-1.30pm) followed by online individual and team assignments each afternoon (2.30pm-4.30pm approx.)


5 days

Next Intake

22 – 26 November 2021


Level 8 Qualification OR 5+ years of relevant employment.

Eligibility criteria for funded places is here.

Fees and Funding

Free / €55 for eligible applicants via Government July Stimulus Provision. See here for eligibility criteria.

€550 (EU) / €1100 (Non EU) for all other applicants


“Taking part in the programme completely shifted my perspective on leadership and how I could bring additional value to the organisation I work for irrespective of my current position within the organisation.” – Participant, 2019/20

To navigate challenges such as Covid19, Brexit, rapid technological change, and shifting global complexity, today’s leaders require the mindsets, skills and practical tools to seize opportunity and lead creative innovation in the workplace. The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2018 asserts that human skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion, and negotiation will retain or increase their value. 1,500 CEOs, interviewed in face to face meetings for IBM’s fourth Global CEO Study, ‘Capitalising on Complexity’ cited ‘creativity’ as the most important leadership quality.

Leading for Creativity and Innovation is a new paradigm of leadership. This course offers an imaginatively designed, interactive learning experience which focuses on leadership for creativity and innovation in the workplace. Learners will explore their personal strengths, weaknesses, mindsets and values as a creative, innovative leader, working in any sector. They will learn how to apply design thinking principles to leading teams, driving forward a culture of experimentation, creative problem solving and idea generation. They will be introduced to the skills of holding the tension of ambiguity as part of leading an organisational innovation process, encouraging teams to take calculated risks. They will acquire the skills to strengthen capacity for self awareness , self reflection and resilience. They will practice customer empathy and team collaboration in problem solving challenges.

Who is it for?

This course is perfect for anyone stepping up into a leadership role or who has recently stepped up to lead a team, a business unit or an organisation.

Keen to start seeing the world differently?

You might be:

  • Anyone seeking to step up into a leadership position
  • Existing leaders looking to enhance their understanding of leadership and become more impactful managers / leaders.
  • An aspiring entrepreneur who is gathering a team around themselves to bring their idea to fruition
  • Someone who is seeking to re-skill to return to the workforce
  • This course welcomes participants from all sectors, industries and functions within organisations. It will benefit a range of candidates with different experiences of the subject matter.

“This course helped me focus on my strengths rather than my weaknesses…it gave me a new idea, a new angle, a change of career. This is something I am passionate about and the course gave me the confidence to pursue this avenue.” – Participant 2021/21


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Course Structure and Schedule


This course runs over five days online.

9.30am – 1.30pm: Live online classes

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Individual / group assignments


“Live online” is a highly interactive and dynamic approach to online learning consisting of class discussions, breakout rooms, mini-breaks and team activities and projects throughout the week.

This course is facilitated remotely through our easy to use virtual education and collaboration platforms. You’ll learn from the comfort of your home or office whilst having the opportunity to collaborate with your fellow innovators on practical team challenges and projects.



Indicative Schedule: 

Day 1: Leading Self- Welcome and Introduction to Innovation Leadership

Day 2: Leading Others – Leadership Theory and Practice

Day 3: Influencing and Negotiating for Change

Day 4: Leading Innovation Projects

Day 5: Wrap Up and Next Steps

  • Why choose us
  • Learning outcomes
  • How to apply
  • Assessment
  • Who leads this course?
  • Eligibility criteria

“Compared to other online courses, this one has been the most structured, had best resources and learning material and learning tools (Ted talks, podcasts mural), most approachable staff, I felt supported the whole time.” – Participant 2020/21

UCD Innovation Academy sits at the cutting-edge of education in Ireland, and the world. We’ve been challenging students to see the world differently since 2010, when we became one of the first universities to offer experiential learning experiences.

Since then our courses have been shaped and refined with input from some of the world’s best. Thousands of students have passed through the Academy and accelerated their careers.

UCD is among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world, and ranked Ireland’s best for graduate employability.

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive 5 ECTS towards the TU Dublin – UCD Professional Diploma in Transversal Skills.

On completion the learner should be able to:

  • Develop insight into ways of unlocking creative, innovative leadership in self, teams and workplaces
  • Implement the conditions for creativity and innovation to flourish in organisations
  • Define and use skills to lead collaboration and iterative learning in an ambiguous or unpredictable environment, based on design thinking principles
  • Deploy skills for influencing, negotiating and creative problem solving
  • Utilise methods for strengthening emotional intelligence, empathy, self-awareness and self-reflection
  • Confidently build a creative, innovative leadership practice in the world.

This course is now open for applications on the UCD website.

Register your interest here for full details on how to apply.

If you are applying for a free / 90% subsidised place please review the eligibility criteria here.

You will need to upload some supporting documents as part of your application:

  1. CV
  2. Academic transcript or parchment to show you have a level 8 qualification (or higher). Alternatively, you can apply through Recognition of Prior Learning by providing 2 references.
  3. For full or part-funded places, we’ll need to see proof of your relevant employment status as outlined in these Eligibility Guidelines.
  4. Your passport if you are an EU, EEA, UK, or Swiss citizen. Or a Stamp 4 Visa for 3 years prior to the course start date if you are applying under a status other than ‘Unemployed in receipt of an eligible DEASP Payment’.

Funding for eligible applicants under the Government July Stimulus Provision

90% subsidised (student pays €55) for eligible individuals in employment or self-employment, and the formerly self-employed.

FREE for eligible jobseekers: those receiving an eligible DEASP Payments (including Covid-19 PUP).

FREE for returners to work and carers.

  1. 30% Assignment: Reflection Report
  2. 40% Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes (80% attendance is required to pass this component).
  3. 30% Final presentation

Note: There are only two grades given to participants: pass / fail.

Course Academic Eligibility Criteria:

You’ll need:

  • a minimum honours degree (Level 8) qualification.
  • applicants with 5+ years of relevant employment history can apply under UCD’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

If English is not your first language we require either an English language qualification OR that you completed your primary degree or third level qualification entirely in English, in an English-speaking country. See UCD English language requirements.


Criteria to gain a funded place through the Government July Stimulus Provision: 

Please see the eligibility criteria as set out by the Higher Education Authority on the Springboard+ website here.

The eligibility criteria for Springboard+ courses are the same as for the July Stimulus Provision Funding.