Aurora Women in Leadership
Launching the Programme for 2021/22
Human Resources and the Equality Unit are delighted to present this invitation for applications for the Aurora Leadership Programme 2021/22.
The programme, which will be delivered on-line this year, is targeted at women in lecturer, senior lecturer, research and professional services roles (administrative & technical) across all academic disciplines and throughout university administration. It is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills via the workshops and action learning sessions. Further on-going support is ensured through action learning, online resources and institutional level support including mentoring. This course will be complemented by a TCD series run alongside the AdvanceHE Aurora Programme.
Message from The Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are delighted to announce the call for applications to the Aurora Women in Leadership Programme for 2021-22. Building leadership capacity and strengthening our commitment to gender equality within our College Community are key aspects of the important join work between Human Resources and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Union in supporting this programme. I encourage you to learn more about the Aurora Programme
Professor Lorraine Leeson, FTCD Associate Vice Provost for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (AVP-EDI)
Number of Places
For 2021/22 we will have 20 places. Priority will be given to applicants in Schools that are embarking upon Athena SWAN applications, and to creating a balance across the whole College Community. The Programme will commence on 17th November 2021, and will complete by June 2022.
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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 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 LF-Aurora@jiscmail.co.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/aurora/aurora-faqs.
Approximately 10 of the spaces will be co-funded (50%) by Equality/HR, the rest will be wholly funded locally in the school/area.
If a department has funding available and wishes to sponsor a Women in Leadership Event, please get in touch at email@example.com to discuss.
Applications will open on 1st October 2021.
Application Forms should be submitted online using MS Forms by noon, Friday 22nd October 2021. Please note that the application form requires a confirmation email from your Head of Area/Line Manager/Head of School, so please obtain this in advance of the closing date. You should further note that this form cannot be started, saved and returned to for completion; you need to complete this form in one iteration. The form takes approximately 9-10 minutes to complete. When you submit you should click "send email confirmation", and this will give you access to the application form to view later. Application Forms cannot be amended. If you wish to see a draft of this form, please use this link: Draft Form - not for use.
While we are prioritising Schools that are embarking on Athena Swan applications this year, we intend to have a balance of staff across the faculties and divisions. This year, there is no facility for schools to pay the costs of staff. If a department has funding available and wishes to Sponsor a Women in Leadership Event, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Target Audience: Women, and those who identify as women, up to Associate Professor level and equivalent technical / research / administrative staff.
Queries on the Aurora Programme in Trinity should be emailed to email@example.com.
Dates for the programme
The programme involves attending 7 one-day workshops and 6 TCD local short meet ups on the following dates to increase local networking, shared goals, and embed learning from the programme. You will also be assigned a mentor.
|TCD Kick Start the Aurora Programme, Meet the Team and your fellow Aurorians||17/11/2021||10:00 -11:30|
|Aurora Intro Webinar||24/11/2021||10:00 - 12:00|
|Identity, Impact and Voice||01/12/2021||
10:00 - 15:00
|TCD Identity and Impact||07/12/2021||9:30 - 12:00|
|TCD Leadership and Trust||31/01/2022||10:00 - 15:00|
|Action Learning Set 1||09/02/2022||All Day|
|Core Leadership Skills||19/02/2022||10:00 - 15:00|
|Politics and Influence||23/03/2022||10:00 - 15:00|
|TCD Politics and Influence||06/04/2022||11:30 - 13:00|
|Adaptive Leadership Skills||27/04/2022||10:00 - 15:00|
|Action Learning Set 2||11/05/2022||All Day|
|TCD End of Series Workshop, next steps||08/06/2022||11:00 - 13:00|