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The self-directed learning materials are intended to be an on-going resource available to participants to increase their knowledge and aid their further development as leaders. We appreciate that in our busy complex lives finding time to attend long training programmes or undertake academic study to further our careers is often difficult or impossible so Aurora is a multi-part leadership development initiative that includes:
Using the resources
The self-directed learning materials are organised by development strand headings and include suggestions for reading and reflection; things to discuss with your mentor, other Aurora participants or colleagues; activities to undertake and interesting videos and websites. You should feel free to follow the strands of most interest to you and use the resources that best match your learning styles. Do as much or as little as your time and energy allow. From experience we know that the most successful development arises from the application of the learning so whichever strand you choose to follow, always consider:
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Good luck with your continuing leadership journey.
The Aurora Team.
Women and Higher Education Leadership: Absences and Aspirations
Professor Louise Morley, Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), University of Sussex. This paper aims to stimulate discussion on women’s participation in higher education (HE) leadership. The review examines international literature and the diverse theoretical frameworks and vocabularies that are marshalled to examine factors that may drive or depress women’s aspirations and career orientations. The global literature can be classified into at least four analytical frameworks: gendered divisions of labour (Lynch, 2010); gender bias and misrecognition (Bardoel et al. 2011); management and masculinity (Billing, 2011); and greedy organisations and work/life balance challenges (Currie et al, 2002; Guillaume and Pochic, 2009). The paper also includes examples of structured interventions that have been developed to encourage more women to enter leadership positions in universities.
Read Professor Morley’s report to gain insight into the factors affecting women’s participation in securing leadership roles and accessing leadership training.