Aurora Programme


What is it?

Run by Advance HE, Aurora aims to enable a wide range of women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills and strategies for working in the higher education environment.

The programme addresses core areas associated with leadership success:

  • Understanding organisations and the sector
  • Developing leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers and obstacles
  • Growing confidence and a leadership identity
  • Building networks, coalitions and support processes

For more information, please visit the Aurora Programme website.

Target audience

The Aurora FAQs state that “Aurora is for all individuals that identify as a woman up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent [grade 9] in a university or higher education college.”

Programme components

  • Participate in four one-day online development days plus two action learning sets over a six-month period
  • Join two review meetings arranged internally with other Royal Holloway staff in your cohort
  • Work with an internal mentor
  • Join optional online informal networking events
  • Attend a face to face event in London.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form by 18 August 2022. All applicants will be informed of the outcome shortly after the closing date and successful applicants will be registed on the programme with Advance HE.

Departments are asked to contribute towards the cost of a place on the programme (contribution of £460 in 2022-23). The contribution will be transferred through a journal after the course begins although you will need approval for the expenditure and a departmental sub-project code when you apply.

Please contact Organisational Development if you have any questions.

You may also be interested in

  • The Springboard programme; a personal and work development programme for women. 
  • The Mandala Programme, which aims to support staff from ethnic minority backgrounds in their applications to senior roles within HE.
  • Enabling Women in the Promotions Process; a short, practical course which supports women senior lecturers and readers wishing to apply for promotion.