Applications now open for Advance HE Aurora Programme 2024

Leadership development programme for women

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, workshops and action learning sets, to support women’s professional development. 

Since its launch in 2013 more than 10,000 women from nearly 200 different institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated, including over 100 LJMU colleagues. 

How to apply for the Aurora programme

LJMU is again sponsoring a limited number of places for the 2024 cohort (which for the North of England region begins in February 2024), with applications now being taken until 5pm, Friday 17 November 2023. 

Aurora is for women, up to 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 will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact & Voice, Core Leadership, Politics & Influence and Adaptive Leadership Skills. The programme will be held online, with an in-person event for the final session, in the summer of 2024 (dates tbc).

As part of the programme, participants will also be matched with a mentor, at LJMU. 

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

If you would like furthers details on the programme, or have any questions, please contact Organisational Development.

LJMU Aurora alumni share their experiences 

“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 

“The course allows participants to look at their own identity and voice and develop skills to really benefit leadership and progression. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other women across the sector and learn from each other's experiences.”- Rose Dooley, Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations 



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