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Requesting applicants for the Aurora programme 2016/17


Female members of staff are invited to apply for the Aurora Programme 2016/17, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE).

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.

Aurora is for women in roles from grades 6 to 9 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 up to twenty places on the 2016/17 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 Cardiff cohorts.

Almost forty of our female members of staff have taken part in the last three annual programmes and below is what some of them have said about their experience:

‘The Aurora programme provides an outstanding opportunity to reflect on leadership skills in higher education, and to meet other women who may be facing similar challenges in their institutions. It has been a pleasure to take part in such a well organised and interesting programme and I would certainly recommend it.’

‘This is an extremely valuable development opportunity with all of the sessions offering helpful additions to your leadership toolkit.’

For further information and to apply

If you are interested in applying for this programme, please visit this HR page. In addition, we are holding a Q&A drop in session in Room 1.15, St Andrew’s Court on Wednesday 13 July 2016 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The session will be attended by Aurora alumni from previous cohorts who will be pleased to talk about their experiences of the programme and provide advice and guidance on the application.

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 HR and People Services by end of Monday 1 August 2016 at

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  1. Why is it restricted to women at grades 6-9? This suggests that you can only apply if you are in a management or academic role. Again it seems there is only leadership or management development available to those who are already in the role and there is little for those with the intelligence and ability but who lack the opportunity.

    • Thank you for your comment Louise.

      This is a very popular programme and the women who have been successful in participating have been at the early stages of their leadership careers.

      We are aware that we are only supporting a very small proportion of women who have the potential to progress in their careers and therefore in the forthcoming year, we will be developing and publicising a Springboard programme for women which will be aimed at those wishing to develop their leadership skills.

      Jeannette May
      Deputy Director of Human Resources

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