Richmond Leadership Academy
Personal Development. Community Engagement. Global Outlook. Leadership.
Programming, opportunities and resources available to all students to aid in leadership development and employability. At the core of this vision are two central aims:
- A student body engaged within their campus community, local community and globally
- The development of well-rounded graduates armed with skills and experiences that enhance their competitiveness as they prepare for a global workforce
How can you take part?
Student Leadership & Engagement Opportunities on Campus
The University provides a number of opportunities for students to be leaders on campus. It also provides the resources and support so students are able to cultivate their own pursuits. Students who take part in these opportunities are considered to be participants of RLA.
Workshops, Events and Online Resources
The University offers throughout the year events that are aimed at enhancing student personal skill development and employability. There are also numerous online courses available via the Careers Portal system. Any student is welcome to participate.
Richmond Leadership Academy Awards
A scheme to encourage students to develop in 4 core areas – personal skill development, volunteer and work experience, workshop and seminar participation and campus leadership.
- Record co-curricular engagement to measure both academic and non-academic successes and produce a summary report for potential employers
- Identify and remedy skill gaps
- Learn how to present their personal achievements in a professional setting
- An opportunity for students to become more widely engaged within their campus community, local community and globally
- Recognition on their CV/Resume and LinkedIn
Access the Awards Programme by signing into the Careers Portal below:
RLA Frequently Asked Questions
When should I sign up? How long do I have to finish?
You can sign up at any point during your studies at Richmond, but we suggest that you start as soon as you can. You will have to finish before you graduate, or before you leave (for visiting students).
Who can complete the RLA awards?
The RLA awards are open to all enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Is there an order for the awards?
Overall, we suggest beginning with the Global Community Member Award, then moving on the Global Citizenship Award, followed by the Global Leader Award. That being said, we encourage you to challenge yourself, so have a look at all three and see which looks like it is an appropriate level for you.
Can I complete them concurrently?
You are free to complete the awards concurrently, but you cannot “double-count” the activities for multiple awards. For example, if you attend an on-campus event to fulfil a requirement for the Global Citizenship Award, it cannot also count for the Global Community Member Award.
I am a visiting student, can I take part?
Yes, you can complete one or more RLA awards while you are studying here at Richmond. Note that many of the activities require an on-campus presence, and therefore your time to complete the award will necessarily be limited to the length of your time here.
Can I complete more than one award? Can I complete an award more than once?
There are three award programmes: Global Community Member Award, Global Citizenship Award, and Global Leader Award. You can complete each award one time.
What activities contribute toward progress with one of the awards?
Each award requires slightly different activities. These include: attendance of on-campus events focused on personal development (including club events, careers workshops, and guest lectures); off-campus engagement (including volunteering); and independent reflective activities on the Careers Portal.
I completed a relevant activity prior to hearing about the RLA Awards, can I add this to my record?
Yes, in most cases. Relevant activities will only be accepted if they meet the following three criteria: i) The activity occurred during your time as an enrolled student at Richmond; ii) You are able to provide any required evidence of your participation; iii) You are still able to complete any self-reflection components needed to fulfil the Award requirements. If you are unsure, please contact Student Affairs.
Have a question about RLA that wasn’t answered above? Feel free to reach out to Student Affairs with any questions.