Aurora is a five-year initiative aimed at enabling women in academic and professional service roles to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills and strategies for working in the higher education environment. Aurora takes a partnership approach with institutions and participants, providing an intervention that combines education, mentoring and self-directed study via on-line resources to provide learning with a more enduring impact.
To succeed and build a wide network of women interested in leadership and management as a route to career progression, Aurora will need the support of universities and colleges 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’.
Aurora case studies
In partnership with the universities of Brunel, Edinburgh and University College Dublin, we have created three Aurora case studies to support institutions to maximise the potential of Aurora for their participants and organisation; visit the Aurora institutional case study page to find out more.
Guidance for Aurora engagement
Detailed below is a list of helpful information for the different groups engaging in Aurora:
Aurora champion/s (female or male) are the face of Aurora within their institutions. They are the lynchpin linking participants, role models and mentors, and leading their institution's engagement with Aurora. This role should be filled by a person/s (female or male) with sufficient seniority, influence and interest in the issues facing women in higher education, to have credibility with the participants.
Role of the Aurora champion
Each institution has been asked to nominate an in-house ‘Aurora champion’ who will help identify participants, mentors and role models, and be the main point of contact between the Leadership Foundation and the institution. Some institutions have chosen to split this role into two – one as the key figurehead for Aurora and one as the liaison point for the administrative details.
The Aurora champion/s will:
Watch Kath Clarke, director of human resources, Goldsmiths University of London, talk about the role of the champion and how they can make a difference.
To update your insitution's Aurora champion details or to register as the champion, please complete and return the Aurora 2016-17 Champion Form to the Aurora team.
Aurora champions - who's who
Details of champions and Aurora liaisons from across engaging institutions and sector bodies can be found on the Aurora champions page.
Each participant will require a mentor for support and to provide guidance within her institution. Mentors can be female or male, as this will reflect the needs of the Aurora participants.
Setting up a mentoring scheme
Institutions may already have a mentoring scheme in place that could be extended to include Aurora participants. If mentoring is new to the institution, here are a few points to consider:
Other points to note about mentoring:
If you would like to set up a mentoring scheme in your institution and are not sure how to do this, we could help. The Leadership Foundation commissioned an associate to design a short programme for those wishing to set up coaching and mentoring scheme to support Aurorans. This service is available through the Leadership Foundation’s consultancy team. For more information contact Dot Daymond, Consultancy and International Projects Manager.
There is a wealth of information and guidance on mentoring on the internet. Included is a useful open source link providing a range of advice and resources around mentoring www.coachingnetwork.org.uk
There are a number of expectations of participants. They will be:
We ask all aspiring participants to get in touch with their institutions Aurora champion to find out their internal selection process. Click here to find your Aurora champion.
Contact the Aurora team
Contact the Aurora team
Download the Aurora assets for your institution to use on promotional material.