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Aurora leadership and development programme

Applications have now closed for the Aurora Leadership and Development Programme for 2023/24.

The programme

Aurora is for women, up to Senior Lecturer level or the equivalent in Professional Services, who would like to develop 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 10,000 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and Republic of 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.

The programme is led by a team of leadership experts and 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 2023/24, 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 16 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)
  • Amanda Harper
  • Joanne Hinds
  • Juani Swart
  • Charles Larkin
  • Edward Webster

Participants 2022-23:

  • Mariana Bonnouvrier
  • Jenny Boyle
  • Zoe Burke
  • Joanna Clifton-Sprigg
  • Helen Constance
  • Carole Cox
  • Samantha Curle
  • Kate Evans
  • Katy Kraja
  • Britta Matthes
  • Esther Reeves
  • Lisa Ring
  • Kristina Rusimova
  • Christel Schneider
  • Elena Seminati
  • Laura Underwood

The 2023/24 Programme

Details of the programme

Programme Dates 2023/24

Activity Date Location Timings
Introduction Friday 24 November 2023 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 12:30pm
Identity, Impact & Voice Friday 1 December 2023 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 3:00pm
Core Leadership Friday 19 January 2024 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 3:00pm
Action Learning Set 1 Friday 2 February 2024 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 3:00pm
Politics & Influence Friday 1 March 2024 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 3:00pm
Adaptive Leadership Skills Friday 15 March 2024 Online - Zoom 10:00am - 3:00pm
Your Future in Higher Education Wednesday 17 April 2024 In person - Cardiff 9:30am - 4:00pm
Action Learning Set 2 Thursday 2 May 2024 Delegate's Self Host 10:00am - 3:00pm

Aurora Networking Sessions

These optional two hour sessions offer some wider engagement opportunities to further complement your learning:

  • Wednesday 18 October 2023 - Reflective Practice in Your Leadership
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023 - Giving Feedback as a Leadership Skill
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024 - Life Transitions: Career Breaks, Maternity Leave, Menopause
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024 - Wellbeing and Resilience

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Aurora programme, please do get in touch.