Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

You are here Learning & Organisation Development > Aurora Women in Leadership

Aurora Women in Leadership

Programme for 2023/24

Human Resources (HR) and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Office are delighted to announce the Aurora Women in Leadership Programme 2023-24.

Applications are now closed for this year.

2022-23 group photo
Aurorians from the 2022-23 TCD cohort


Aurora is a leadership ignition journey, inspiring women to aspire and achieve leadership positions within higher education. 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 advancing careers.

The programme involves attending a series of online Advance HE workshops, in-person TCD reflection sessions, and regular mentor meetings from October 2023 until April 2024.

More details on the programme can be found below and on the Advance HE’s Aurora Programme website.

Programme Dates





Advance HE Introduction Session

2023.10.11 (Wednesday)



TCD Aurora Programme Kick-off Workshop

2023.10.17 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Identity, Impact and Voice Session

2023.10.20 (Friday)



TCD Identity, Impact and Voice Reflection Session

2023.10.31 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Core Leadership Skills Session

2023.11.17 (Friday)



TCD Core Leadership Skills Reflection Session

2023.11.21 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Action Learning Sets 1

2023.11.28 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Politics and Influence Session

2023.12.14 (Thursday)



TCD Politics and Influence Reflection Session

2024.01.16 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Adaptive Leadership Skills Session

2024.01.25 (Thursday)



TCD Adaptive Leadership Skills Reflection Session

2024.02.06 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Your Future in HE Event

2024.03.05 (Tuesday)



Advance HE Action Learning Set 2

2024.03.14 (Thursday)


Delegates’ Self-host

TCD End of Programme Session

2024.04.16 (Tuesday)



Target Participants

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


Mentoring is a key component of the Aurora programme. Participants are matched with a mentor for the duration of the programme. Staff who are committed to supporting this programme can get involved by becoming mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact us at please.

A mentor will typically be more senior than the mentee and understands internal structures and organisational culture. A mentor should also 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. Training will be made available to mentors.

Number of Places & Costs

For 2023-24, 20 places are allocated. Places are allocated as follows:

  • Fully funded (50% HR and 50% EDI)
  • Co funded at local area level (50% HR and EDI, 50% School/Unit).
  • Full funding of places is also possible at local level.

Priority is given to applicants in Schools and Units that are progressing Athena Swan (re)applications and related Action Plans and to creating a balance of participants across the whole College Community.

Connection to Athena Swan Equality Charter

Athena SWAN is Advance HE’s gender equality charter, underpinned by a set of principles aiming to improve representation, progression, and culture within higher education and research institutions. The charter principles highlight several equality issues in higher education, and the Aurora programme is a useful initiative to support the aims of Athena Swan. 


Lorraine LeesonThe Aurora Women in Leadership Programme is one of the flagship programmes that supports colleagues to develop leadership skills, and we are delighted to welcome applications for the 2023-24 Aurora cohort. Building leadership capacity and mainstreaming our commitment to gender equality in Trinity are key aspects of the important joint work between the HR Learning and Organisation Development Unit and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Office manifest through supporting this key programme.

Professor Lorraine Leeson, FTCD Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (AVP-EDI)


Antoinette QuinnThe Aurora Programme is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues in Trinity and the higher education sector across Ireland, and the UK. Run as a collaboration between Advance HE in conjunction with higher education institutions and advocates - known as Aurora Champions. Aurora is a leadership ignition journey, inspiring women to aspire and achieve leadership positions within higher education. I would like to extend an invitation to eligible staff to apply for this programme and to take the next steps in your career journey.

Antoinette Quinn, Director of Human Resources