Aurora is a leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It brings together leadership experts and higher education Institutions to take positive action to seek to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. Participants will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; Adaptive Leadership Skills. Aurora seeks to support women and their Institutions to fulfil their leadership potential through thought provoking activities, collaborative problem solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences.

Who is Aurora for?
Aurora is for those who identify as women, who are not a member of the Senior Management Group and would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities. It is open to academic and professional and support services staff.
IT Sligo sent a cohort of women on the Aurora Programme in 2019 for the first time, and given the positive feedback from participants, will do so again in 2020.

How does Aurora work?
Ordinarily, the Aurora programme is a mix of face to face development days held in Dublin, action learning sets and self-directed online learning modules. Participants are guided by role models and supported by mentors from their own Institution. However, in 2020 the programme will be delivered fully online given the Covid 19 situation.

The dates for this year’s workshops are;

Intro Webinar: 24th November 2020
Identity, Impact and Voice: 1st December 2020
Politics and Influence: 19th January 2021
Action Learning Set 1: 9th February 2021
Core Leadership Skills: 9th March 2021
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 20th April 2021
Action Learning Set 2: 11th May 2021

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 programme, you can find out more information here or speak to Jacqueline McCormack (VP Online Development) or Tom Reilly (EDI Manager) if you have any queries. Participants of the programme are assigned mentors from their own Institution. Details of the mentoring arrangements and the attributes of mentors are available here.

If you wish to attend the programme, please download and complete the expression of interest form and return to John Gibsey by 4pm on Friday 25th September Expressions of interest will be assessed by a panel of VP Online Development, EDI Manager and a member of the Governing Body EDI Committee.