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 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.

How does Aurora work?

With cohorts running at a number of locations across the UK and Ireland, the Aurora programme is a mix of face to face development days held in large regional venues, action learning sets and self-directed online learning modules. Participants are guided by role models and supported by mentors from their own institution.

IT Sligo and Aurora

IT Sligo sent participants to the Aurora Programme in Dublin for the first time in 2019/2020, on a pilot basis. Following an evaluation of participants IT Sligo has committed to send participants again in 2020/21.

The 2020/21 Aurora Programme will be delivered fully online, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The Dublin Programme will begin on 24th November 2020

If you 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.

Details on the process of expressing an interest in attending the programme will be available in September.