Over 650 role models from 145 institutions have taken part in Aurora supporting women to take the first step in their leadership journey.
Role models provide the opportunity for participants to build contacts with women leaders who have forged a successful career for themselves within higher education. Institutions, champions and individuals are invited to recommend women or nominate themselves to attend the development days.
Role models will be women who:
We welcome women from a variety of different and diverse backgrounds, from traditional and non-traditional career paths, and those working in full, part-time and job share arrangements. Amongst participants there is no common religion, faith or sexual orientation; there are women with and without children, married, partnered and single.
Benefits of being a role model include:
Role models will facilitate a table of up to seven delegates, and are asked to encourage engagement with the topics discussed on the development day, share their stories and experience. In advance of each development day role models will receive an email with the venue details, programme and a brief on how to manage the activities and communications on the table that they will facilitate.
Note: A role model will only need to attend one development day and we ask for a biography no longer than 200 words, which will be displayed on the day.
Two example exercises that a role model will be involved in are shown below:
|Example 1: Facilitated discussion on identity (day one, 'Identity, Impact and Voice'):|
|Who you are, who do you want to be and who do you need to be; the different characters we play in leading others – how might you broaden your portfolio, and how best can you optimize this skill and use it more strategically?
Role model: do please join in, especially if you can share examples of choices about how you employ your different identities in work situations.
|Example 2: Facilitated exercise on introduction to adaptive leadership (day four, 'Adaptive Leadership Skills'):|
|We begin by a feed forward exercise where participants share a skill they want to work on, or an attribute that they want to develop and ask the group to give them some ideas, suggestions on how to improve by the end of the day.
Role model: will facilitate the brief introduction of those on the table and an exercise where participants will share their insights into leadership quotes that have been provided in pairs, or trios. The role model may be asked to feedback themes from the table.
We ask role models to arrive from 09.45 to enable time to ask the Leadership Foundation team any questions and to find their table. We welcome role models to stay for the duration of the event finishing at 16.30.
Role models are a vital part of the participant’s experience of Aurora. If you have booked to be a role model and you are unable to attend your development day, please contact the Aurora team at the earliest opportunity.
Please be aware that the Leadership Foundation is unable to reimburse expenses. However, we do encourage role models to get in touch with their designated Aurora champion or liaison within their institution, who may be able to provide support. Find out who your Aurora champion is: Aurora Champion Directory
Contact the Aurora team