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Aurora is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.

Aurora – impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

We have been closely monitoring developments in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  

We know that core to Aurora is the networking opportunity that it affords participants and the direct positive impact the facilitation has during the development days. We want to make sure that we retain the valued aspects of Aurora, ensure it works as we all want it to and also respond to the challenges and priorities we are all facing at this time. 

We have therefore decided to postpone all the remaining delivery days of Aurora to the Autumn term to be sure that we can deliver as we intend and provide the best experience for participants.  We hope to be able to confirm the rescheduled dates by the end of May with ongoing action learning sets now taking place online. We have already communicated this information directly to current participants, Aurora Role Models and Champions.

In addition to updates on this page and specific emails we will also post updates to the Aurora cohort group on Advance HE Connect. See our COVID-19 updates page for the latest information on our services.

Led by a team of four leadership experts, participants will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; Adaptive Leadership Skills.

Over the past six years 5,895 women from over 175 institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated in Aurora.

Aurora seeks to support women and their institutions to fulfil their leadership potential through thought provoking activities, collaborative problem solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences. 

Aurora role model registration 2019-20 is now open. To register to be a role model, please click here

Aurora 2019-20

Aurora runs in a number of locations across the UK and Ireland and consists of six interlinked days.

To find a cohort search "Aurora" in our calendar.


Would you like more information on Aurora?

Request an information pack containing links to the Aurora brochure, case studies, videos and links to each of the cohorts for Aurora 2019-20. 

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Aurora has had a huge impact for Brunel. It has highlighted our commitment to gender equality and ensuring women have the opportunity to apply for more senior positons in the organisation and that we want them to stay, grow and develop with us. Aurora has helped our participants to maximise their talents and develop leadership skills and acumen. Several have succeeded in advancing their careers, either through promotion or by attaining new leadership roles."

Professor Lorraine De Souza, Aurora champion Pro-Vice Chancellor (equality, diversity and staff development), Brunel University London

How does Aurora work?

With cohorts running at a number of locations across the UK and Ireland, the Aurora programme is a mix of face to face development days held in large regional venues, action learning sets and self-directed online learning modules. Participants are guided by role models and supported by mentors from your institution.

Find out more about how Aurora works

Booking Aurora

All bookings on Aurora must be made through or with the permission of your institutions Aurora Champion (list found here). As an Aurora Champion or person who supports Aurora bookings within your institution to book yourself or multiple delegates on to the programme, please book online for each cohort through the links below (you will be redirected to Advance HE's MYLF). In order to book you will be asked to log in to your `My LF account`. If you do not have an account you can create one, if you do not know your password you can reset it by clicking the `forgotten password` link. If you do not know your MYLF number or need any assistance please contact the Aurora team on +44 (0)20 3468 4810 or

London 1

Identity, Impact and Voice: 23 October 2019
Politics and Influence: 20 November 2019
Action Learning Set 1: 11 December 2019
Core Leadership Skills: 15 January 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 19 February 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 18 March 2020
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Identity, Impact and Voice: 5 November 2019
Politics and Influence: 3 December 2019
Action Learning Set 1: 7 January 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 4 February 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 3 March 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 31 March 2020
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Identity, Impact and Voice: 10 December 2019
Politics and Influence: 21 January 2020
Action Learning Set 1: 11 February 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 10 March 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 31 March 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 28 April 2020
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Identity, Impact and Voice: 22 January 2020
Politics and Influence: 12 February 2020
Action Learning Set 1: 25 March 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 29 April 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 20 May 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 17 June 2020
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Birmingham 1

Identity, Impact and Voice: 7 February 2020
Politics and Influence: 6 March 2020
Action Learning Set 1: 3 April 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 1 May 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 5 June 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 3 July 2020
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London 2

Identity, Impact and Voice: 25 February 2020
Politics and Influence: 24 March 2020
Action Learning Set 1: 21 April 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 12 May 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 23 June 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 14 July 2020
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Birmingham 2

Identity, Impact and Voice: 26 March 2020
Politics and Influence: 23 April 2020
Action Learning Set 1: 14 May 2020
Core Leadership Skills: 11 June 2020
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 2 July 2020
Action Learning Set 2: 23 July 2020
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Aurora case studies

Aurora and your institution

Institutions are responsible for coordinating Aurora within their organisation, providing mentors for their participants and supporting participants to attend the development days and their action learning sets. In each institution, Aurora is led by an Aurora champion

Find out more

Aurora - The Longitundinal Study

Our five-year longitudinal study of Aurora participants tracks the careers and aspirations of women working in higher education.

Read more

Aurora Information Pack

If you would like more information on Aurora, complete the form below and we will send to you an information pack containing the Aurora brochure; links to interesting blogs and video; and dates and locations of upcoming cohorts.

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