Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skill, plus an action learning set.
Aurora Leeds: Identity, Impact and Voice
Thursday 2 February 2017
Aurora Leeds: Power and Politics
Thursday 2 March 2017
Aurora Leeds: Core Leadership Skills
Thursday 11 May 2017
Aurora Leeds: Adaptive Leadership Skills
Thursday 8 June 2017
- £1,000.00 Aurora Leeds (Members Price)
- £1,250.00 Aurora Leeds (Non Members Price)
Following three successful years of Aurora, we are bringing six cohort to five cities across the UK and Ireland for 2016-17, including;
By offering a variety of dates and locations, it is hoped that the impact of Aurora will reach across the British and Irish higher education institutions. Year four participants will join a growing cohort of nearly 2500 women who have already taken part, building and enhancing a momentum of women leadership across the sector.
Aurora has been designed to help address the issue of the reducing numbers of women in senior posts in the higher education sector as outlined in the Leadership Foundation’s Stimulus Paper ‘Women and Higher Education: Absences and Aspiration’ by Professor Louise Morley (January 2013).
Many influential stakeholders including vice-chancellors, Hefce and the Equality Challenge Unit agree the situation calls for immediate action to halt this decline. Feedback from the sector tells us that HEIs would like to encourage more women to apply for leadership roles and feedback from the women suggests that early leadership development would facilitate this.
However the research suggests that developing women will not be enough to halt this decline on its own, so Aurora has been designed to take a partnership approach with institutions. This involves the HEIs making a commitment to provide mentors and role models from within their organisations as well as participants so that the issues and challenges of leadership progression for women are recognised more widely across the institution. The Aurora content itself will include many of the features identified by the research as significant factors in the successful development of women leaders.
Onwards and Upwards: Aurora longitudinal study
To understand how we can further address gender inequality within the sector and to evaluate the impact of Aurora, we commissioned an expert research team at Loughborough University to undertake a five-year longitudinal study of the leadership experiences, careers, values and aspirations of participants from the Aurora programme. Launched in July 2015, so far over 1200 Aurorans have contributed to the study. 306 non-Aurorans have taken part and form the comparison group. In year four we look forward to inviting more Aurora participants to take part. To read more about the study and look at the initial findings please visit: www.lfhe.ac.uk/aurorastudy
Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a university or higher education college, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. Aurora is an introductory leadership programme and as such will be of most interest to those not yet in, or just beginning, substantive leadership roles. As we are asking for an institutional commitment, in most circumstances applicants will have been selected by a central area such as the office of the vice chancellor, the human resources or staff development department or by individuals such as the institution’s ‘Aurora Champion’.
An application from an individual with independent funding (e.g. from department, faculty or project funds) will be considered providing she is able to arrange an appropriate mentor. We ask that applicants will be enthusiastic about their own development, able to attend all parts of the programme, are willing to engage in some self-directed learning and with a strong desire to engage productively with their mentor.
We hope that the applicants will also wish to take part in the longitudinal study of the Aurora programme in which the careers and aspirations of women in the higher education sector will be tracked over the course of five years. The study, Onwards and Upwards, completes it's first year in July 2016; initial findings are available here: www.lfhe.ac.uk/aurorastudy
To book yourself or delegates on to the programme, please book online through the 'Book Online' button below. You will be asked to log in to your My LF account. If you need any assistance please contact Susie Norton, Marketing and Communications Manager.
Please note, if you require multiple locations for one or more individual(s) booking(s) please contact the Aurora team directly.
Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each applicant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skill, plus an action learning set*.
Aurora Leeds dates
- Identity, Impact and Voice
Thursday 2 February 2017
- Power and Politics
Thursday 2 March 2017
- Action Learning Set*
Thursday 30 March 2017
- Core Leadership Skills
Thursday 11 May 2017
- Adaptive Leadership Skills
Thursday 8 June 2017
Whilst it is assumed that most participants will attend the development days most conveniently placed to their home institutions, Aurora has been designed to allow for maximum flexibility for the women attending. So if one or more of the dates at the local venue are problematic, the participants may choose to opt for a more suitable day at a different venue/locations without additional charge.
For any questions or to enquire about changing your dates, please contact the Aurora team:
T: 020 3468 4826
*Delegates are placed in action learning sets at the Power and Politics day that they attend, and agree that one delegate will host the ALS at her institution. It may not be in the same region as the Power and Politics venue.
See here for Aurora Terms and Cancellations
Aurora addresses core areas associated with leadership success:
- Understanding organisations and the sector
- Developing leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge
- Identifying and overcoming barriers and obstacles
- Growing confidence and a leadership identity
- Building networks, coalitions and support processes
Aurora will address these areas by using a combination of development days (four, at approximately monthly intervals); self-directed learning that follows the interests, needs and time constraints of participants; an action learning set and in-house mentoring.
Development days: these are held in large regional venues with the cohorts usually being drawn from the same region. These days combine the best of conferences (significant key note speakers, open space technologies, outstanding networking opportunities, energy and dynamism) with the best of development workshops (interactivity, small group work, individual reflection, sharing of experiences and learning from role models). The development days are intended to be introductory events which will provide inspirational stories, guidance for growth of skills and knowledge, opportunities to share solutions to common problems and signposting for further learning. The subjects of the development days are:
Identity, impact and voice
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. Current challenges facing participants will be discussed along with what the participant wants and can offer within a leadership role.
Power and politics
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.
At this development day participants will be placed in action learning sets. This will be a prelude to day three a full day action learning set hostetd by an ALS participant’s institution (*see below).
Core leadership skills
This day will introduce the key skills needed by all leaders and managers and consider whether there are any ‘female’ ways of leading. Participants’ underlying values and principles will be discussed along with powerful communication, influencing, and the necessity to have a clearvision and appropriate strategy will be considered.
Adaptive leadership skills
Leadership is really tested when the environment is challenging or there aren’t easy answers. A leader’s attitude to risk and challenge and their ability to take the long-term view are essential in this context. This day will look at how the process of adaptive leadership could enhance your performance and success.
Self-directed learning: throughout Aurora, four streams of self-directed learning that echo the subjects of the development days will be available. Participants may follow the stream for the development day they are about to attend or have just attended; or they may focus on a stream that particularly interests them and follow it throughout the programme. Those with more time may choose to engage with all of the streams.. The self-directed learning will include reading, reflection, activities and challenges and be provided via on-line links to specially commissioned materials, internet articles and websites and via an Aurora community mail list.
Action Learning Sets*: the middle day of the programme is scheduled as an action learning set. The participants of these sets will be identified on development day two and it will be the responsibility of the set to organise a meeting, venue and manage the process on the action learning set day. Participants of each set will utilise the sessions to air their personal work-related challenges and seek support through the action learning process to identify solutions and next steps. Whilst only one formal ALS is scheduled it is anticipated that institutions will support Aurora participants in maintaining these sets as a positive approach to problem solving and as a way of developing networks, sharing good practice and learning from experience.
Mentoring: Aurora participants are required to have a mentor to support and guide them throughout and after the end of the formal learning process. Usually these mentors will have been identified by the HEI’s ‘Aurora Champion’, the central HR or staff development department and may be part of an existing mentoring scheme. Mentors may be male or female (depending on the preference of the mentee) and be well-established and knowledgeable members of the institution who will usually be more senior than the Aurora participant.
For the individual
Aurora will provide:
- An introduction to leadership in higher education
- An opportunity to identify and build a leadership identity
- Thought-provoking and challenging materials and activities
- An experience of collaborative problem solving processes
- A network of early career women from across the sector
- Inspirational stories
- Successful female role models
- An in-house mentor for on-going support and guidance
- A positive view of leadership as a route to career progression
- Access to the Aurora on-line community
For the institution
Aurora will provide:
- Early career women with a growing interest in leadership roles
- Experienced role models and mentors who can others in house
- A regional network of women to offer support and guidance to the Aurora participants
- A pool of potential female applicants for promoted posts
- An understanding of issues and barriers faced by this key group of staff
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