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Apply for the 2021/22 Aurora leadership development programme

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Applications are open for the 2021/22 Aurora programme, a women-only leadership development programme for colleagues at or above lecturer level or Grade 7 technicians or those in professional services.

Designed and facilitated by Advance HE, delegates will explore and reflect on several leadership themes, skills and strategies and skills. The programme covers:

  • The nature of leadership, what it means to each participant, and reflection on the leadership skill sets already developed
  • The importance of visibility and ‘voice’ in leadership
  • Organisational culture and politics and consider different ways of working within them
  • The importance of developing networks and establishing lasting, mutually supportive connections
  • A look at whether there are ‘gendered’ ways of leading
  • Personal values and principles in leadership
  • Adaptive leadership skills

The programme in 2021/22 will be delivered online through a variety of methods to enhance your learning: day events, guest speakers, mentoring, self-directed study, as well as various opportunities to connect with peers and facilitators. Colleagues can self-nominate or be nominated by their faculty or service – the deadline to apply is Monday 2 August.

Find out more and apply for the Aurora programme

Aurora was created to help address the under-representation of women in senior roles in higher education. More than 7,000 women from over 200 institutions have participated in Aurora, and the University of Leeds has been an active member since it began – supporting over 120 participants in their leadership career trajectory.

Visit the Advance HE website to find out more about Aurora

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