Queen Mary is proud of its ongoing relationship with Advanced HE (formerly the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education), and is again participating in the Aurora Programme for 2019/2020.
Championed by Isobel Bates and Fiona Marsh, QMUL is again funding 20 places centrally, which is a result of feedback from QMUL's Silver Athena SWAN application process that highlighted the need for more central support for colleagues looking to take the next step in their career development.
Joining our champions we have previous Aurora alumnae who act as Role Models. They are;
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
As a participating institution, QMUL also requires Aurora role models to be in place. If you are interested in supporting the programme as a role model (where you will be part of the team facilitating some of the development days) we would also love to hear from you.
What is Aurora?
The Aurora Programme is a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. It aims to enable women in academic and professional staff roles to think of themselves as future leaders; to influence their institutions and to develop leadership skills.
As part of our core values, QMUL believes in supporting our female staff, both academic and professional services, to achieve their best potential and become future leaders at the university.
Aurora 2019/2020 dates
|Location||Identity, Impact and Voice||Power and Politics||Action Learning Set 1||Core Leadership Skills||Adaptive Leadership Skills||Action Learning Set 2|
|London 1||Wednesday 23 October 2019||Wednesday 20 November 2019||Wednesday 11 December 2019||Wednesday 15 January 2020||Wednesday 19 February 2020||Wednesday 18 March 2020|
|London 2||Tuesday 25 February 2020||Tuesday 24 March 2020||Tuesday 21 April 2020||Tuesday 12 May 2020||Tuesday 23 June 2020||Tuesday 14 July 2020|
Aurora Leadership programme 2019/2020 – Developing women leaders at QMUL
QMUL will be participating in the 2019/2020 intakes of the Aurora Leadership Programme, beginning in October 2019.
Participation in the programme will involve attending a series of development days and action learning sets, as well as participating in projects or assignments at QMUL which will build their leadership skills.
Who can apply?
Aurora is for women up to and including senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.
Participants should have the endorsement of their institution (either their Aurora Champion, Human Resource department or line manager) and be committed to developing and enhancing their career.
Participants will be asked to:
- attend each of the four development days, and the two action learning set days organised by participants in their assigned groups;
- undertake self-directed learning throughout Aurora, aligned with developing interests and where time allows;
- commit to working with a mentor who is provided by their institution;
be prepared to access leadership opportunities and champion for change.
Applications for the 2019/20 programme opens on Monday, 8 July with a deadline of Friday, 2 August 2019. If demand for places is high, we will be holding informal selection interviews for places on the programme during August. We will contact you individually to arrange this if needed.
Download a presentation about the programme including details of how to apply:
For further information, please email:
A series of briefing workshops for potential participants, mentors and role models will be held in July, dates and times can be found below. These will give you more information on the programme itself, as well as how participants will be supported and selected. The sessions are drop-in, you are welcome to attend without booking in advance.
|Thursday, 4 July 2019||10:00 - 11:00||WCH, Garrod, 1.32|
|Monday, 8 July 2019||13:00 - 14:00||CHSQ, Rotblat, G.07|
|Friday, 12 July 2019||10:00 - 11:00||Scape, 0.13|
|Friday, 12 July 2019||12:00 - 13:00||Queens:E303|
What other ways can staff get involved?
Aurora participants are required to have a mentor to support and guide them throughout and after the end of the formal learning process. Usually these mentors will have been identified by the HEI’s Aurora Champion, the central HR or staff development department and may be part of an existing mentoring scheme. Mentors may be male or female and be well-established and knowledgeable members of the institution who will usually be more senior than the Aurora participant.
- Be considered successful in their careers;
- Be knowledgeable and experienced in their organisation and understand its culture;
- Have sufficient time available to work with the mentee;
- Have the endorsement of their Aurora champion;
- Have sufficient general higher education experience to be able to offer advice and support;
- Be a good listener;
- Have a genuine interest in helping women to develop their careers and particularly support his/her mentee;
- Have a supportive or ‘coaching style’ of communication.