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Membership of new online community of Aurora alumnae tops 1,000

09 Jan 2024 | Advance HE Leadership expert Claire Burgess spearheads programme of free online learning and networking for women who have been on Advance HE’s flagship initiative.

More than 1,000 higher education professionals have so far joined a new online community for those who have been on Advance HE’s women’s leadership development initiative Aurora. 

The community is a way for Aurora alumnae to connect, share ideas and participate on a programme of free, monthly sessions tackling subjects such as: 

  • Resilience and life planning 

  • Career management, and 

  • Communications and influence. 

The next session on Wednesday 17 January and will be on Communication and Influence, looking at communication styles and assertiveness, imposter syndrome and being heard.  

“Little over a month after its launch we’re delighted so many women have joined the Aurora Alumnae community which is a platform for ongoing growth and collaboration for those who have completed Aurora,” said Claire. 

“The community is being developed in response to calls from women themselves who have been on Aurora and wanted a way to continue their personal and professional development on the back of what they achieved during Aurora. 

“Aurora itself has been going for 10 years now and more than 10,000 women have taken part so it is wonderful to give them all an opportunity to make new connections and together consider some of the thorny issues that affect women’s leadership journeys.” 

Anyone who has been on the Aurora programme and wants to join the new community can sign up via Advance HE’s Connect platform. 

The ‘closed group’ has a live feed where members can post on issues they want feedback on. It also includes a library of resources and a weekly forum which is facilitated by Claire. 

In addition, members can also book onto a number of paid-for workshops and courses which have been developed specifically for those who have completed Aurora in the past. 

“We know that the Aurora programme can be a truly transformational experience for many women leaders in higher education,” said Advance HE’s assistant director of delivery services Steve Lloyd. 

“The new community we are creating opens the door for Aurora alumnae to continue many of the opportunities for connection and development they had on Aurora as they progress through their careers. It is our way of responding to what Aurora alumnae have told us they want from us and we are hoping over time to develop a strong offering of both free and paid-for development opportunities.” 

Aurora Alumnae

The Aurora Alumnae community is specifically tailored for women who have completed the Aurora programme and serves as a platform for ongoing growth and collaboration. Find out more.


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