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In support of the University’s commitment to promoting leadership development and career progression for women, Queen’s supports female staff to attend the Advance HE Aurora leadership development programme.

The programme is aimed at women and those who identify as a woman, up to Senior Lecturer level or the professional services equivalent (Grade AC3/4, Professional Services Grade 8/9), with the potential to progress into more senior roles. Queen's has committed to supporting a number of individuals from each Faculty and Professional Services to complete the Aurora programme.

Applications for Aurora 19/20 are now closed, further opportunities will be available in 20/21

  • What is involved in the Aurora programme?

    Aurora 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

    Further information about the programme is available on the Advance HE website

  • What additional support is provided by Queen's?

    In addition to providing financial support to enable staff to participate in Aurora, Queen's provides initial support through structured networking events and guidance for mentors. Each year, we hold a welcome event which is open for all new and past participants. This is an opportunity to build connections with fellow participants while also hearing from past participants about their experiences.

    An integral part of the programme is having access to mentoring support throughout the programme. All Queen’s participants will have a mentor allocated via the Queen’s gender Initiative ( QGI) mentoring scheme.

    Participants and mentors alike have access to our interactive mentoring guide.

    There is a further opportunity to build connections and broaden your network through the Aurora Coffee Morning that takes place halfway through the year. This event is open to past, current and prospective participants in the programme.

  • What are the dates for the 2019/20 programme?

    The programme requires participants to commit to 6 days’ development from Dec 2019 – April 2020 and is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs, with Queen’s previous participants have attended the modules based in Dublin. Other dates in other regional locations are available should participants not be able to attend the Dublin dates.

    Dates for Dublin are as follows:

    • Identity, Impact and Voice: 10 December 2019
    • Power and Politics: 21 January 2020
    • Action Learning Set 1: 11 February 2020
    • Core Leadership Skills: 10 March 2020
    • Adaptive Leadership Skills: 31 March 2020
    • Action Learning Set 2: 28 April 2020
  • How do I apply for the 2019/20 programme?
    Applications for Aurora 19/20 are now closed, further opportunities will be available in 20/21
    • The Aurora programme is aimed at Academic staff at grade AC 3/4 , and Professional Services staff at grade AR 8/9
    • Interested staff who meet the grade criteria above can complete the application form, with short supporting statement from line manager, and forward to their respective Faculty office/Director's office by 16th August 2019
    • Applications are reviewed and participants selected at Faculty Executive Board/Registrar’s Group meetings in late August/early September 2019
    • Names of successful applicants are forwarded to Organisational Development in early September 2019 who contact participants with full details of programme, how to book, next steps etc.
You can hear from some of our previous Aurora participants in the videos below.