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Requesting applicants for the Aurora programme 2015/16

AuroraFemale members of staff are invited to apply for the Aurora Programme 2015/16, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

The programme is run by women for women and draws on successful women from higher education and other sectors as speakers and role models, to share their experiences and knowledge about the world of work and career development.

Twenty of our female members of staff have taken part in the last two annual programmes and had this to say about their experience:

  • ‘This is a fantastic programme, well run and well resourced.  So much is covered on the actual days spent on the programme and the excellent online resources enable you to do further work on any topics that resonate with you personally. I feel very fortunate to have been given a space on Aurora and would strongly recommend it.’
  • ‘The course has provided a framework to evaluate leadership opportunities and how that would positively and negatively affect my career and personal life.’

You can view more comments or speak to the previous participants at

Aurora is for women in roles up to grade nine in academic or professional services, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. The University is funding ten places on the 2015/16 programme, and particularly welcomes expressions of interest from areas where there is under-representation of women at a senior level. The programme has been organised regionally and we are encouraging participants where possible to attend the London or Bristol cohorts.

If you are interested in applying for this programme, please visit

Your application should have the nomination and support of your Dean of Faculty or your Head of Professional Service, as applicable. They should provide a brief supporting case which should be attached to your application.

Your completed letter of application should be sent electronically to Jeannette May, Deputy Director of Human Resources by end of Monday, 6 July 2015 at Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 17 July 2015.

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