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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.

Aurora is higher education's most renowned leadership development programme for women. Run as a collaboration between Advance HE in conjunction with HE institutions and advocates - known as Aurora Champions - Aurora is now a community of over 8,300 women who have been inspired to seek and achieve leadership roles within HE.

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 on the 21/22 cohort, and are open to those who have previously engaged virtually but have not yet had a chance to meet face-to-face (from 19/20 and 20/21 cohorts).

Bookings for these events will be made through your Aurora champion, as with the main programme.

Please note that we’ll be updating colleagues with information over the coming weeks, including dates, locations and further booking information.

Event and booking information

10 May 2022 - Birmingham
18 May 2022 - London
17 June 2022 - Edinburgh
24 June 2022 - Republic of Ireland / Northern Ireland

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.

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