Aurora is 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 fulfill 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 has sent participants on the programme in the last two years, and participants have found the programme to be of benefit.

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 2021 the programme will be delivered fully online given the Covid 19 situation.

The dates for this year’s workshops are;

Intro Webinar: 24 November 2021
Identity, Impact, and Voice: 1 December 2021
Core Leadership Skills: 19 January 2022
Action Learning Set 1: 9 February 2022: Politics and Influence 23 March 2022
Adaptive Leadership Skills: 27 April 2022
Action Learning Set 2: 11 May 2022

If you are interested in participating in the 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 at Aurora mentoring | Advance HE (

If you wish to attend the programme please complete the expression of interest form here by 4pm on Friday 1st October. Expressions of interest will be assessed by a panel including the VP Online Development and the EDI Manager.