AURORA

Aurora is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.

What is AURORA?

Aurora is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.

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.

Over the past six years 8,000 women from over 175 institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated in Aurora.

Who can apply?

This leadership development programme is for women up to senior lecturer/ researcher and professional services up to Grade 8, who demonstrate the ambition to develop as a leader within current or future roles.

It aims to encourage participants to recognise their talent and capabilities, think about their future careers, consider “stepping up” to promotional posts and to consider leadership and management as one option for progression.

Therefore, participants should be ambitious for a career in the HE sector and willing to actively engage in developing their leadership potential.

What Aurora covers?

Led by a team of five 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.

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.

Reflecting the challenges we all currently face, Aurora has been re-designed as a fully virtual experience.

All Aurora activity will now be delivered online.

Selection criteria and process

In support of the University’s Athena SWAN agenda and ongoing commitment to promoting and valuing leadership development and career progression for women across the University the People and Culture Directorate are funding 12 places on the 2021/22 Aurora Programme.

Funding includes participant fees and excludes any travel and subsistence costs. It may be possible for additional places on the programme to be secured, if the departments have capacity to fund additional individuals for this directly.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28th June, 2021.

More information on the application and selection process is available on the Self Nomination booking form.

Should you have any further queries with regards to the programme or your application please contact Michael Devlin ext 68137; m.devlin@ulster.ac.uk.