University of Edinburgh Business School is proud to partner with the John Smith Trust to bring Ukrainian women displaced by the current conflict and living in Scotland together for a 3-day leadership programme. The immediate goal of the programme is to build a community of hope, towards the longer terms goal of supporting a resilient and sustainable recovery.

Programme overview

The residential programme is being held in Edinburgh in June 2024 and will be led by a team of academic and practitioners with expertise in strategy, conflict resolution, communications and leadership. The programme will provide practical tools drawing from international examples including Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Balkans.

Applications are welcome from Ukrainian women currently living in Scotland. The programme will be of particular interest to women with a professional background and ideally leadership responsibilities; experience of studying or working in an English-speaking context; and the ability to fully immerse in a residential programme in Edinburgh (4 day in total).

Programme dates

Monday 17 June to Thursday 20 June, 2024

Programme format

  • In-person
  • Sessions from morning to afternoon, Monday to Thursday
  • Additional social events with opportunities to network

Programme agenda

The programme will explore topics including leadership, communications, strategy and change in contested contexts.


This programme is free for participants.

What's included?

Programme costs, catering and accommodation will be included for successful participants. A travel fund is also available to reimburse the costs of travelling to and from Edinburgh. Further information will be provided to successful participants.

Application timeline and deadlines

Application deadline: Friday 26 April 2024

Shortlisted applicants will have an opportunity to discuss the programme with a member of the team and any support required to enable their attendance.

Additional information

A maximum of 15 places are available and participants will be selected based on a range of factors including work experience, English language ability, and availability.

The programme is being delivered with the support of John Smith Trust, the Scottish Government, the University of Edinburgh Business School, and friends.

John Smith Trust