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Principal’s Global Leadership Award - Undergraduate


Applications for the 22-23 Undergraduate PGLA are now closed. 

King’s prides itself on creating graduates who are culturally competent, global in their outlook and confident in addressing world problems. The Principal's Global Leadership Award (PGLA) is a unique course encouraging students to engage with some of the most pressing problems of the 21st century and exploring what it means to be a global leader. 

The PGLA approaches leadership from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint, challenging preconceptions and enabling students to develop distinctive leadership skills in service to global society, as well as providing insights and conceptual understandings about global leadership through reflective learning, group discussions and talks by high-profile speakers. 

The PGLA will run again in term two of 2022-23. All second-year undergraduates at King’s College London are eligible to apply. The course comprises four face-to-face classes at King’s. It also offers the unique opportunity to participate in either a residential weekend at Cumberland Lodge or an away day at King’s.

Previous leaders who have taught on the PGLA include former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke; former UK Universities Minister Lord David Willetts; former Head of OFSTED Baroness Sally Morgan; Prof Eileen Baldry from the University of New South Wales; and the first black Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Prof Ihron Rensburg. Some PGLA students have also had the opportunity to meet visiting world leaders such as Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, and José Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor Leste. Senior figures from King's also teach on the PGLA, including the Principal, Prof Shitij Kapur, and Vice President & Vice Principal (International) Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin.

The Principal’s Global Leadership Award reflects King’s Vision 2029 in practice.

 Get a taste of the PGLA-UG

Watch a testimonial by past PGLA-UG student, Yalla Fathalla.

Register your interest in the Principal's Global Leadership Award

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The PGLA equates to 75 hours learning, comprising 4 face-to-face sessions of 2 hours each, a residential weekend or away-day, individual study and reflection, and the assessment. Please note that attendance at all the sessions and residential weekend or away-day is mandatory.

Upon successful completion of the Award, students should be able to:

> Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of leadership theory and practice.
> Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of leadership within an ethical framework.
> Analyse leadership as a social practice.
> Apply leadership skills in individual and group tasks.
> Present a leadership strategy in relation to a specific global issue, proposing solutions to problems.

PGLA students submit a 1,000 word reflection after the residential weekend or away-day and a 1,500 word leadership proposal at the end of the course. Assessment is designed to consolidate and enhance learning, exploring global leadership as a collaborative social practice.

Successful completers of the Principal’s Global Leadership Award will have the Award featured on the students' Higher Education Achievement Report.

Applications for 2022/23 will open on 03/10/2022. If you have any questions please email