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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 the UK's Leadership Foundation

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.

"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.

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

Participants are proposed by the Dean of their Faculty or by their manager.

Cost: Costs for attending are covered by DCU.

Dates: Aurora consists of five integrated workshops – four development days and an action learning set. 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. 

The following are the dates of the programme which will take place in Dublin. Participants must attend all parts of the programme.

    • Identify, impact and voice – 11th December 2018
    • Power and politics - 15th January 2019
    • Action learning – 12th February 2016
    • Core leadership skills – 5th March 2019
    • Adaptive leadership skills – 2nd April 2019

Contact: Kathryn McCarthy, Learning and Development, HR: