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Human Resources

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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 four development days and two action learning sets.  Learning sets allow smaller groups of participants from across the sector 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.

Aurora Programme 2020/2021

Given government guidance, personal safety, ability and/or willingness to travel, Advance HE have decided that all elements of the 2020/2021 Aurora Programme will be delivered on-line.

The following are the dates for each session  Participants must attend all sessions. 

Intro Webinar24th November 2020
Identity, Impact and Voice - Development Day 11st December 2020
Politics and Influence - Development Day 219th January 2021
Action Learning Set 1  9th February 2021
Core Leadership Skills - Development Day 39th March 2021
Adaptive Leadership SKills - Development Day 420th April 2021
Action Learning Set 211th May 2021

The selection process for DCU participants for 2020/2021 will be communicated in July 2020.

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