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Aurora Women in Leadership

Launching the Programme for 2019/20

Human Resources and the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership are delighted to present this invitation for applications for the Aurora Leadership Programme 2019/20. This programme has been running annually in Trinity since 2014.

The programme is targeted at women, and those who identify as women, in the academic and professional administrative grades, up to associate professor level or administrative equivalent, who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities.

Objective of this Programme

The objective of the programme is to embed a leadership mindset whereby women identify as leaders and seek appropriate opportunities to develop capabilities, skills and networks to support them in their developing careers. Participants are matched with a mentor for the duration of the programme.

Heads of Schools and Areas, people managers and mentors

While this programme is for women and those who identify as women, we ask that you take the time to review this programme and encourage colleagues to come forward to participate, either as an applicant or as a mentor.

All staff who are committed to supporting this programme you can get involved by:

  • Becoming a Champion or a Role Model of Aurora in your area, the champion will help identify participants and mentors for each participant and can encourage people to enlist as role models.
  • Becoming a Mentor. The mentor should be more senior than the mentee and have an understanding of internal structures and organisational culture; have sufficient time available to work with the mentee, have strong listening skills and be able to ask good, open questions to help the participants develop their problem solving skills and develop further.
  • Join in the online discussions by joining the public jiscmail or using the hashtag #iamaurora.


This is a key component of this programme and if you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact us at

Connection to Athena SWAN

Applicants in schools that are embarking on Athena Swan applications are prioritised for this programme. Athena SWAN is Advance HE’s gender equality Charter, underpinned by a set of ten principles aiming to improve equal representation, progression, and culture within higher education institutions and research institutes. The Charter principles highlight several key gender equality issues in HE, and the Aurora programme is a useful initiative to support the aims of Athena SWAN.

Frequently Asked Questions are available at


Course place cost Sterling £1,050. 
HR and TCGEL are sponsoring a number of places, which means departments will not have to pay towards costs.  However, travel expenses must be arranged locally.
If you do not get a HR/TCGEL sponsored place, your department can fund your place and this means the cost to the department will be £1,050 plus any expenses agreed.

Application Process

Applications Forms should be submitted to by lunchtime, Thursday 14th November 2019 (*Note this date is revised from the original closing date). If you have any questions or would like to discuss it further, please do not hesitate to contact us in the meantime.

Applicants in schools that are embarking on Athena Swan applications are prioritised for this programme. For other spaces the applications will be assessed. If you are not in receipt of one of the scholarships to attend, you will have the opportunity to attend if your school/area are willing to pay the costs.

Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership and Human Resources will sponsor a number of participants. This covers the cost of the programme, but does not cover travel and other costs to events, this cost will be funded locally at your department. More details on the programme can be found at

Target Audience: Women up to Associate Professor level and equivalent administrative staff.

Queries on the Aurora Programme in Trinity should be emailed to

Dates for the programme

The programme involves attending 6 one-day workshops on the following dates. You will also be assigned a mentor.

  Workshop Date
1 Identity, Impact and Voice 10th December 2019
2 Politics and Influence 21st January 2020
3 Action Learning Set 1 11th February 2020
4 Core Leadership Skills 10th March 2020
5 Adaptive Leadership Skills 31st March 2020
6 Action Learning Set 2 28th April 2020

Venues for courses can be found at:

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