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Aurora Leadership and Development Programme

Applications have now closed for Aurora 2022/23.

The programme

Find out more information about the Aurora programme.


Aurora is for women, up to Senior Lecturer level or the Professional Services equivalent, who would like to develop and explore the leadership side of their careers. Aurora is higher education's most renowned leadership development initiative for women. Since its launch in 2013, more than 8,300 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated in Aurora. It is aimed at enabling more women to develop the leadership side of their careers and so redress the deficit in women at senior level in the sector. Aurora is a leadership ignition journey, inspiring women to aspire and achieve leadership positions within higher education.

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.

The programme is based on mentoring, self-directed learning and workshop events at which delegates from many institutions come together to hear from expert speakers and work on their own challenges. For 2022/23, the programme will be mainly online, with a face-to-face event and cohorts will be formed from institutions across a geographical region in order to build the networks that have been a valuable feature of the face-to-face events.

The University is committed to engage in the initiative and this year will be supporting 15 participants to attend the programme. There is a competitive application process for these places, which are available to women in job grades 7 to 9 in the Education and Research Job Family, and grades 7 to 8 in other job families.

Professor Linda Newnes is the University’s Aurora Sponsor and will lead the selection process. We are also committed to providing appropriate role models to take part in the scheduled events, and to helping the Aurora community get together to share learning and bring ideas and challenges back to the University.

Selection Panel Members

  • Linda Newnes (Chair)
  • Kate Elliott (Champion)
  • Charles Larkin
  • Amanda Harper
  • Joanne Hinds
  • Juani Swart
  • Edward Webster

Participants 2021-22

  • Ana A Alvarez Serra
  • Olivia Brown
  • Katherine Button
  • Joanne Clarke
  • Aste Dahl
  • Debbie Janson
  • Mathilde Maitrot
  • Bonnie Pang
  • Rachel Paskell
  • Reka Ratkaine Jablonkai
  • Rossella Salandra
  • Theresa Smith
  • Ali Tincknell-Smith
  • Emma Watson
  • Anna Young

Contact us

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