In the past three years we have welcomed over 650 role models who have taken part in Aurora. A key part of the experience, role models provide the opportunity for participants to have contact and build connections with women leaders and who have forged a successful career for themselves within higher education.
Institutions, champions and individuals are invited to recommend women or self-nominate themselves to attend the development days. Role models will host a table of up to seven women, and will help to facilitate discussions prompted by the workshop leader and share their own insights into leadership within higher education.
Role models will be women who:
Role models, we believe, have a common set of traits and characteristics. For example; they have a good understanding of themselves and their strengths and know which characteristics they would wish others to emulate. They are tuned in to, and have an understanding of, their own weaknesses and work towards minimising them. Role models also endeavour to make positive choices for themselves and have a strong awareness of the example they set to others.
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. Ideally we would like role models to compliment the diversity of Aurora participants, who range in age, ethnicity and nationality. Amongst participants there is no common religion, faith or sexual orientation; there are women with and without children, married, partnered and single.
A role model will only need to attend one development day; however she is welcome to attend more if she has the availability. We ask that role models provide a biography no longer than 200 words, which will be displayed on the day.
Benefits of being a role model include:
On the day
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.
Two example exercises that a role model will be involved in are shown below:
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.
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.
How to become a role model
Role model booking 2016-17
Please note role model booking for 2016-17 is now full. To register for the waiting list please contact the Aurora team.
We accept recommendations to become an Aurora role model through institution's champions and individual bookings. All institutional champions sending recommendations are asked to liaise with selected role models before completing the booking form and forwarding their names and contact details to the Leadership Foundation, so that they can secure the date in their diary. The Leadership Foundation will contact role models directly closer to the event date/s.
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 within their institution, who may be able to provide support.
Contact the Aurora team
Really enjoyed talking with role model Marie Kane from @EquateScotland @EdinburghNapier at #LFaurora - full of good advice!
Morven Shearer, Aurora participant, @Morven_Shearer
This evening I am getting ready for my role-model duties for #LFAurora on Friday in Bristol. So much has happened in two years :-)
Janice St John, Aurora role model and former participant, @jstjohnmatthews