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

Since its launch in 2013 more than 10,000 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and the Republic of Ireland have participated in Aurora.

Led by a team of leadership experts, participants will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact & Voice, Core Leadership, Politics & Influence and Adaptive Leadership Skills. This is in addition to an action learning set.

Aurora 2023-24 Cohorts

Bookings for 2023-24 are now open.

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About Aurora

With a number of cohorts running regionally online, the Aurora programme is a mix of development days and action learning sets. Participants are also supported by mentors from their institution.

Participants will be asked to:

  • Attend the introduction session which will introduce the aims and objectives of Aurora along with an inspirational guest speaker
  • Attend each of the four development days, the two action learning set days and the the final in-person development day
  • Undertake self-directed learning throughout Aurora, aligned with development interests
  • Commit to working with a mentor, found by delegates with the support of their institution
  • Be prepared to access leadership opportunities and champion for change.
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Aurora 2023-24 Cohort Dates

All bookings on Aurora must be made through or with the permission of your institutions Aurora Champion. You can find your institution's champion through our Aurora champion directory.

Dates for 2023-24 can be found here.

View the Aurora champion directory
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Aurora Institutions

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

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Aurora - The Longitudinal Study

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

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Aurora Case Studies and Related Stories

Join our "Becoming an Aurora Mentor" workshops

For 2023-24 there will be 4 cohorts of Becoming an Aurora Mentor workshops, each consisting of two half-day virtual workshops. We are now also able to provide an in-house mentoring programme.

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Share and Celebrate Your Achievements with Digitally Recognised Learning

Programme participants' learning will be digitally recognised.

For much of our portfolio for 2023-24 the learning of event attendees and programme participants and conference, symposia and colloquia presenters will be digitally recognised.

This makes it easy for you to share and celebrate your achievements by adding them to your email signature or including them in your social profiles including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Your learning certificates can also be easily verified and downloaded as a pdf.

Find out more about digitally recognised learning