Advance HE Aurora Programme 202223 applications open

Applications are now being taken from LJMU staff for the Advance HE Aurora Programme, a leadership development initiative for women. 

The programme combines guest speakers, reading material, ‘watch parties’, workshops and action learning sets to support women’s professional development.

Since its launch in 2013 more than 7,000 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated, including nearly 100 LJMU colleagues.

LJMU is again sponsoring a limited number of places for the 2022-23 cohort (which for the North of England region kicks off in February 2023), with applications now being taken until Friday 4 November 2022.

Further information about applying, alongside the application form, is available on the Aurora programme webpage.

If you would like more details on the programme, please contact Organisational Development via email 

LJMU Aurora alumni share their experiences

“I have left the programme feeling equipped with a number of tools, techniques and strategies I can employ in my academic practice to help push my career forward. The individual learning and development resources provided will be invaluable to me on my leadership journey.” - Dr Anne-Marie Bartlett, Lecturer, Graphic Design and Illustration, Liverpool School of Art and Design

“I thoroughly enjoyed networking and sharing experiences, knowledge and challenges from both professional services and academic perspectives. The guest speakers were fascinating, and the key message was ‘you never stop learning as a leader!’” - Kerry Noon, Customer Services Manager, Estate and Facilities Management

“The action learning set days gave you time to delve into each other’s challenges and to draw on the learning and experiences of other capable and supportive women. There were many useful tools shared that could be applied in real life scenarios. I have felt emboldened to take steps out of my comfort zone.” -  Lois Thomas, Research Funding Coordinator, Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

“The invited speakers and action learning set colleagues were generous sharing their stories, challenges, and strategies. The development tools and exercises have been one of the most positive elements of the programme. I have been using them in my own mentoring sessions.” - Raphael Neiva, School of Doctoral Management Studies


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