Since its launch in 2013 more than 10,000 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and the Republic of Ireland have participated in Aurora.
Led by a team of leadership experts, participants will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact & Voice, Core Leadership, Politics & Influence and Adaptive Leadership Skills. This is in addition to an action learning set.
Who is Aurora For?
Aurora is for women, up to senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent, working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities. Participants should have the endorsement of their institution (either their Aurora Champion, Human Resource department or line manager) and be committed to developing and enhancing their career.
With a number of cohorts running regionally online, the Aurora programme is a mix of development days and action learning sets. Participants are also supported by mentors from their institution.
Participants will be asked to:
- Attend the introduction session which will introduce the aims and objectives of Aurora along with an inspirational guest speaker
- Attend each of the four development days, the two action learning set days and the the final in-person development day
- Undertake self-directed learning throughout Aurora, aligned with development interests
- Commit to working with a mentor, found by delegates with the support of their institution
- Be prepared to access leadership opportunities and champion for change.
NEW Programmes and events portfolio for 2023-24
Our new portfolio for 2023-24 blends high quality learning and insight-sharing opportunities delivered using a range of innovative techniques and platforms both in person and virtually. If your organisation is an Advance HE member you could benefit from a 25% discount on booking prices across our portfolio plus there is an additional 10% early booking discount for bookings made before 30 September 2023 on selected programmes and events.
Institutions are responsible for coordinating Aurora within their organisation, helping to provide mentors for their participants and supporting participants to attend all of the development days and their action learning sets. In each institution, Aurora is led by an Aurora champion.
Aurora Case Studies and Related Stories
Join our "Becoming an Aurora Mentor" workshops
For 2023-24 there will be 4 cohorts of Becoming an Aurora Mentor workshops, each consisting of two half-day virtual workshops. We are now also able to provide an in-house mentoring programme.
Share and Celebrate Your Achievements with Digitally Recognised Learning
Programme participants' learning will be digitally recognised.
For much of our portfolio for 2023-24 the learning of event attendees and programme participants and conference, symposia and colloquia presenters will be digitally recognised.
This makes it easy for you to share and celebrate your achievements by adding them to your email signature or including them in your social profiles including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Your learning certificates can also be easily verified and downloaded as a pdf.