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Aurora: Your Future in HE (Face-to-Face Events)

A welcome networking opportunity for Aurorans to meet in person at one of four events being held in the UK and Ireland.

As restrictions ease, we are delighted to give Aurorans the opportunity to meet in person at four one-day events across the UK and Ireland. These events are designed as additional activity for colleagues who are engaging with the main programme virtually, and are open to those who have previously engaged virtually but have not yet had a chance to meet face-to-face.

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Event and booking information

22 March 2023 - London
19 April 2023 - Edinburgh
17 May 2023 - Dublin
28 June 2023 - Cardiff
30 June 2023 - Birmingham
11 July 2023 - Leeds
14 July 2023 - Birmingham

Duration: 1 day; 10am-4pm; registration from 9.30am

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Event format and content

The day will begin with a panel of expert speakers discussing ‘The Future of HE’ before answering your questions. Delegates will then explore the topic further in smaller groups, sharing experiences and aspirations, examining the challenges women face as leaders and identifying the practical steps that can be taken to achieve their goals.

Throughout the day, we will revisit the four key areas associated with leadership success and delivered by Aurora:

  • Identity, Impact & Voice
  • Core Leadership
  • Politics & Influence
  • Adaptive Leadership Skills

Presentations and discussions will also feature some of the recommendations from our research report Onwards and Upwards? A final report for Aurorans on the longitudinal study

Aurora women in group

Event leader

Suzanne O'Brien

Principal Lecturer
Canterbury Christ Church University
Suzanne O'Brien
Suzanne is Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee at Cross Keys Homes, the largest provider of social housing in Peterborough, Chairperson of The Fifth Trust, a Kent-based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, and Non-Executive Director at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust where she chairs the Finance Committee.

Event overview video

In the video below, lead facilitator for the day, Suzanne O’Brien, provides an outline of what to expect from these sessions. Suzanne will be joined on each of the days by one of the other Aurora facilitator team from Sandy Sparks, Phyllida Hancock, Amanda Wilsher and Vijaya Nath. 

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