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Human Resources

Human Resources


Aurora Leadership Development Programme

Aurora is a leadership development programme for women, designed to help address the issue of the under-representation of women in senior posts in the higher education sector. A highly-innovative programme, it was developed by Advance HE.

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. 

"I would like to say how grateful I am for being sponsored to attend this programme. I appreciate it enormously on so many levels and have every intention of using every word I heard to pursue my career objectives." is how a recent participant described the programme. 

DCU's Aurora Champion is Prof Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean of the Business School and the DCU Aurora Co-ordinator is Fiona Carvill, HR Learning & Development.

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

Participants are proposed by the Dean of their Faculty/Head of Unit

Aurora consists of five integrated workshops – four development days and two action learning sets. Participants of each action learning set will utilise the sessions to discuss their personal work-related challenges and seek support through the action learning process, to identify solutions and next steps. 

Participants are matched with a mentor for the duration of the programme through the DCU Staff Mentoring Scheme.

The following are the Dublin dates for 2019/2020.  Participants must attend all sessions.

  • Identity, Impact and Voice: 10 December 2019
  • Power and Politics: 21 January 2020
  • Action Learning Set 1: 11 February 2020
  • Core Leadership Skills: 3 March 2020
  • Adaptive Leadership Skills: 31 March 2020
  • Action Learning Set 2: 28 April 2020

For more information please contact: Fiona Carvill, Learning and Development, HR: or