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A programme aimed at women up to Senior Lecturer level, or equivalent in professional services, to develop the leadership side of their careers.

The Aurora programme

Aurora is a women-only leadership programme organised nationally by Advance HE, now in its seventh year and with over 5000 alumnae across higher education. 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.

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.

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, and the 2019-20 round is now open for applications. University of Bath participants usually attend workshops at the nearest centre, which this year will be in Cardiff.

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, is the University’s Aurora Champion 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.

The names of past participants and other news and views about Aurora can be found on the Aurora blog.The University's overall approach to developing women leaders has recently been described here.

Apply for a place on the Aurora programme