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European Junior Leadership Academy (EJLA)

The European Junior Leadership Academy (EJLA) is a 12 month programme aimed at identifying and developing Europe’s most gifted student leaders.

Changes in the European health sector, political landscape and the need for high quality nursing and midwifery care globally, require strong nursing and midwifery leadership. The EJLA supplements the leadership development delivered in the nursing and midwifery programmes and modelled in the practice setting by supporting high performing student nurses and midwives to construct a leadership identity early. It is believed that this is needed now because of the numerous challenges in current European health systems. The EJLA aims to identify potential nursing/midwifery leaders early in their career journey and develop their leadership knowledge, attitudes and skills. Through teaching, activities and mentoring, the EJLA aims to increase students’ capacity and capability to lead early in their career journey and enhance their employability by maximising the early impact they have in the organisations they are employed in. The 12-month programme includes:

  • A 5 day residential leadership retreat in the University of Nottingham, England: 28th August – 1st September 2017
  • Allocation of a senior nurse/midwifery leader as a mentor
  • Participation in peer to peer regional leadership networks with tasks/activities to be completed between the residential retreats
  • A policy/leadership internship: 14 days, between summer 2017 and summer 2018 in either Ireland, England, Slovenia or Portugal (not your own country). The 14 days will be considered a specialist placement/elective and will be allocated as a specialist placement/elective during the academic year 2017-18.
  • A 5-day residential leadership retreat: June 2018 in the University of Maribor, Slovenia.

They have selected a total of 45 remarkable nursing and midwifery students across four institutions: Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (Portugal), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Nottingham (UK) & University of Maribor (Slovenia).

The School of Nursing & Midwifery’s participation in the successful Erasmus strategic funding bid has been led by Professors Anne-Marie Brady, Denise Lawlor and Joan Lalor and they were delighted and proud to be in Nottingham with 11 participating students at the 1st student retreat 28th August – 1st September 2017. Our students are

Yetunde Gbenle (GN), Emma Kennedy (GN&CH), Douglas Lisa (MH), Claire Henderson (ID), Crean Emily (ID), Aisha Wambui Ali (GN), Aoife Byrne  (GN), Danielle Wykes  (ID), Farnan Una (GN), Shauna Doyle (GN) & Charlotte Morton (MW)

For further information on this Erasmus K2 Strategic funded project please see: