Aurora Programme


Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or Professional Services grade 9 and is run by Advance HE. It 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

Over the last five years, 54 women from Royal Holloway have participated in the programme from both academic and Professional Services backgrounds.


When you apply, you will be asked to indicate your preference for an autumn or spring cohort. All sessions will take place in London. There will also be a launch meeting, mid-programme review and final review at the College specifically Royal Holloway staff on each cohort. Dates for these will be arranged once delegates are finalised.

Autumn cohort

  • 23 October 2019
  • 20 November 2019
  • 11 December 2019
  • 15 January 2019
  • 19 February 2020
  • 18 March 2020

Spring cohort

  • 25 February 2020
  • 24 March 2020
  • 21 April 2020
  • 12 May 2020
  • 23 June 2020
  • 14 July 2020

How to apply

Please complete the application form and return it to Organisational Development by 5 July 2019. Departments are asked for a contribution of £500 towards the cost of the course.

For more information, please visit the Aurora programme website.