How to join Aurora
Your institution may have an Aurora Champion and you will need to speak to them about joining the Aurora programme. To find your institution's Aurora Champion visit the Aurora Champion Directory where you will find their name and contact details.
My Aurora Champion has confirmed I can book
If your Aurora Champion has confirmed that you can book yourself onto Aurora then please use the booking link on this page to join Aurora.
What if I do not have an Aurora Champion?
If your institution does not have an Aurora Champion you can book directly online using the booking link on this page.
Aurora is Advance HE`s leadership development initiative for all people 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 consists of six interlinked days: four development days and two action learning set days. Participants are encouraged to access and use the online self-directed resources available to them.
Dates for this cohort (Dublin):
Identity, Impact and Voice: 10 December 2019
Participants will investigate the nature of leadership and leaders and what it means to them, learn about the importance of visibility and ‘voice’ and start to consider the leadership skill set they already have.
Politics and Influence: 21 January 2020
Under this heading the cultures and politics of organisations will be investigated along with individual responses to them and ways of working within them. Participants will be encouraged to think about building coalitions, develop networks and make lasting mutually supportive connections.
Action Learning Set 1: 11 February 2020
The middle day and the final day of the programme is set aside for full-day action learning sets.Participants of each set will utilise the sessions to discuss their personal work-related challenges and seek support through the action learning process, to identify solutions and next steps.
Core Leadership Skills: 10 March 2020
This day will introduce the key skills needed by all leaders and managers and consider whether there are any ‘gendered’ ways of leading.
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 31 March 2020
Leadership is really tested when the environment is challenging or when there are no easy solutions. A leader’s attitude to risk and challenge, and their ability to take the long-term view, are essential in this context.
Action Learning Set 2: 28 April 2020
Whilst only two action learning sets are scheduled, we encourage sets to stay in touch and to schedule subsequent sets.