Aurora Leadership Programme commences third year
Aurora alumni give guidance to prospective candidates at information event
Last week over 35 women from across City attended an information session to find out more about the Aurora programme.
Launched in 2013, the Aurora programme is designed by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) to help women in academic and professional roles develop leadership skills, overcome barriers to success and to build confidence and networks. The programme was devised in order to address the issue of reducing numbers of women in senior posts in higher education outlined by Professor Louise Morley in her paper entitled Women and Higher Education: Absences and Aspiration.
The event allowed staff members interested in the programme to hear the experiences of previous participants, ask questions and network.
The Aurora programme was introduced at City three years ago and has grown each year, with 15 places available for 2017. Aurora gives participants from City the opportunity learn and develop alongside other future leaders taking part from 128 institutions and higher education bodies across the UK.
Rachel Scott-Halls, an Aurora participant 2016 and User Services Manager in the Library said, “I have found all of the Aurora programme incredibly useful, both professionally and personally. It has developed the confidence I needed to start thinking about my future career, and how I can develop my skills and expertise to benefit not just me, but my team, my service, and the University as a whole."
Elizabeth Renshaw, City’s Aurora coordinator and Organisational Development Adviser explained that, “It’s fantastic that we now have an ‘Aurora alumni’ of female staff who are able to share their experiences and learnings from the programme with others at City. Events like this information session really help to spread the word about the positive impact the programme can have.”