Swinburne Emerging Leader Award

Be recognised as a leader and boost your portfolio!

Swinburne Emerging Leader Award

Be recognised as a leader and boost your portfolio!

Swinburne Emerging Leader Award

Do you want to be recognised as a leader?

Learn more on how to get your Swinburne Emerging Leader Award!

What is Swinburne Emerging Leader Award?

The Swinburne Emerging Leader Award is an annual programme designed to recognise and support the university’s most outstanding students.

The award is open to students from all academic disciplines who have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and a commitment to making a positive impact on their community.

What benefits does Swinburne Emerging Leader Award provide?

The Swinburne Emerging Leader Award is a program that selects recipients through a rigorous application process evaluating theiracademic achievements, leadership experience, and personal qualities.

The program provides recipients with mentorship, leadership development, and opportunities to network with industry experts.Recipients are also honored annually for their accomplishments during an awards ceremony. The goal of the award is to help recipients develop their leadership potential and become positive change agents in their communities and beyond.

Eligibility for Swinburne Emerging Leader Award

A current student that is undergoing the below program(s):

  • Diploma
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Postgraduate Degree

You may start your application process in any time during your course in Swinburne. However, your award will only be received after your final semester of your degree or before graduation. For example, if you start your application process in Foundation, you will only get to receive it upon your degree completion.

What do I need to achieve to become an Emerging Leader?

To achieve Emerging Leader status in the Swinburne Emerging Leader Award, it is required to fulfill four out of the eight categories, with Career Development being one of them. Additionally, you need to demonstrate six out of the ten employability skills. For more details, you can access additional information in the Emerging Leader portal after completing the registration process or visit our official Swinburne Emerging Leader Award website.

Leadership Categories

  • Career Development (required)
  • Campus Participation
  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Industry Experience
  • Research
  • Sustainability

Demonstrate six(6) out of ten(10) skills across your four categories

  • Career management
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Research and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Independent, initiating and proactive (self-directed)
  • Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Ability to learn from situations and events, including failures and successes
  • Leadership
  • Resilience

STAR Reflection
After finishing the leadership activities for a category, reflect on the skills you have demonstrated and think of examples that could impress a future employer. Select one or more skills from the list provided and use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to write your reflection.

Your reflection should be between 200 to 300 words long, include an instance where you improved and demonstrated your skills while doing the activities, and explain how you can apply your learnings in the future.

Additionally, you must provide a 50-word summary in a format that can be added to your resume.

For more information on how to write your STAR Reflection Format, please view the STAR Format Tutorial Transcript.

How do I apply for Swinburne Emerging Leader Award?

Apply Through The SELA Portal
The portal allows you to submit your supporting documents, review and keep track of your application status. For Swinburne Sarawak students, we use a different portal than Swinburne Melbourne. Please register from the card in the website like shown below.

SELA Application
Once you have registered and managed to log in to the portal, you will see the certificates and skills options available for application. Follow the on screen instructions to apply.