Aurora takes a partnership approach with institutions and participants, combining education, mentoring and self-directed study via on-line resources. Aurora needs the support of the sector to deliver the full experience and opportunity to participants. The role of institutions will be to build upon the broad programme and networking experience of the Aurora delivery days with local support via mentors, role models and an ‘Aurora champion’.
Guidance for Aurora engagement: champions, mentors, role models and participants
Click here to download guidance for the different groups who engage with Aurora. Guidance for Institutions pdf
Aurora runs in a number of locations across the UK and Ireland and consists of five interlinked days: four development days and one action learning set day. Participants are encouraged to access and use the online self-directed resources available to them.
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 set. In each institution, Aurora is led by an Aurora champion. Find the full list of Aurora champions here: Aurora champions directory.
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Aurora development days
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. Click here to find out more about the development days: Meet the Aurora People
Alongside and supporting the development days, participants are encouraged to undertake self-directed learning, provided via online resources and materials.
Aurora action learning sets
The middle day of the programme is set aside for a full-day action learning set. Action learning sets are organised during the second development day, Power and Politics, where participants will be seated at the same table. It is the responsibility of the set to agree a nearby venue and manage the action learning set process on the day. 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.
Whilst only one action learning set is scheduled we encourage sets to stay in touch and to schedule a second formal set. 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.
Self-directed learning (online)
Throughout Aurora, four streams of self-directed learning that echo the subjects of the development days will be available online for participants to use and follow throughout the programme. 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.
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.
Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities. Participants should have the endorsement of their institution (either their Aurora Champion or line manager) and be committed to developing and enhancing their career. Participants will be asked to:
Institutional case studies
In partnership with the universities of Brunel, Edinburgh, Robert Gordon and University College Dublin, we have created three institutional case studies to support organisations taking part in Aurora; visit the Aurora institutional case study page to find out more.
Participant and role model case studies
Find out more about the experiences of Aurora participants and role models here: Aurora case studies
Click here for guidelines on participating in Aurora: Aurora booking terms and cancellations
Contact the Aurora team
Contact the Aurora team
Download the Aurora assets for your institution to use on promotional material.