Launched in November 2013, Aurora is our women-only leadership development programme. In 2016-17 we will be running the fourth year of Aurora, with six cohorts taking place across the UK and Ireland.
Three years on, we have witnessed an overwhelmingly positive response from the sector. Nearly 2500 women have participated in Aurora, exceeding our expectations year on year. 139 institutions have taken part from across the UK and Ireland, supporting the development of their women leaders and partnering with us to champion gender equality in higher education.
‘Onwards and Upwards’, our Aurora longitudinal study, launched in July 2015 to track the careers and aspirations of women working in higher education. Led by a team of experts at Loughborough University, this five-year study aims to follow the journeys of Aurora participants before, during and after they have completed the programme. To read more about the study and look at its initial findings visit the longitudinal study homepage.
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What do they say?
Aurora has had a huge impact for Brunel. It has highlighted our commitment to gender equality and ensuring women have the opportunity to apply for more senior positons in the organisation and that we want them to stay, grow and develop with us. Aurora has helped our participants to maximise their talents and develop leadership skills and acumen. Several have succeeded in advancing their careers, either through promotion or by attaining new leadership roles.
Professor Lorraine De Souza, Aurora champion
Pro-vice chancellor (equality, diversity and staff development)
Brunel University London
Schemes such as Aurora are hugely important in enabling women to explore their leadership aspirations and abilities in a supportive environment, and to develop their leadership potential. Many of our former participants have found the “cohort” nature of the scheme, the shared learning and the mentoring it provides invaluable.
Professor Jane Norman, Aurora champion
Professor or maternal and fetal health and vice-principal (people and culture)
University of Edinburgh
Read the Aurora institutional case studies
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