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Reminder: apply for Aurora women's leadership programme by 30 August

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The University is committed to developing an institution where everyone can fulfil their full potential. As part of our investment in developing a diverse leadership, we offer colleagues places on a range of programmes. One such programme is Aurora.

Aurora is the Leadership Foundation's women only leadership development initiative. It aims to encourage women in higher education to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills. If you are starting to think of moving into a leadership role, and have some managerial experience, the programme offers an ideal opportunity for development.

The University will fund 10 places on the 2019/20 programme, with Schools and Functions covering the cost of travel for their participants.

To apply, you should be in a role up to and including Associate Professor or Professional and Managerial Grade 8.

Aurora combines education in a conference setting, networking, mentoring and on-line resources and involves attendance at four conference days, a self-facilitated action learning set, mentoring by a senior member of University staff, and regular meetings with other University of Reading participants and the Vice-Chancellor to discuss emerging themes.

Aurora addresses core areas associated with future leadership success including:

  • Understanding organisations and the sector;
  • Developing leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge;
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers and obstacles;
  • Growing confidence and a leadership identity; and
  • Building networks, coalitions, and support processes.

The dates of the sessions are shown below. It is possible to attend different venues for the different sessions provided that Power and Politics and Action Learning are undertaken in the same location.

Location

Identity, Impact and Voice

Power and Politics

Action Learning Set 1

Core Leadership Skills

Adaptive Leadership Skills

Action Learning Set 2

London 1

Wednesday 
23 October 2019

Wednesday 
20 November 2019

Wednesday 
11 December 2019

Wednesday 
15 January 2020

Wednesday 
19 February 2020

Wednesday 
18 March 2020

Edinburgh

Tuesday 
05 November 2019

Tuesday 
3 December 2019

Tuesday
7 January 2020

Tuesday
4 February 2020

Tuesday
3 March 2020

Tuesday
31 March 2020

Dublin

Tuesday 
10 December 2019

Tuesday 
21 January 2020

Tuesday
11 February 2020

Tuesday
10 March 2020

Tuesday
31 March 2020

Tuesday
28 April 2020

Cardiff

Wednesday
22 January 2020

Wednesday 
12 February 2020

Wednesday
25 March 2020

Wednesday 
29 April 2020

Wednesday 
20 May 2020

Wednesday
17 June 2020

Birmingham 1

Friday 
07 February 2020

Friday 
06 March 2020

Friday 
03 April 2020

Friday 
01 May 2020

Friday
05 June 2020

Friday 
3 July 2020

London 2

Tuesday
25 February 2020

Tuesday
24 March 2020

Tuesday
21 April 2020

Tuesday
12 May 2020

Tuesday
23 June 2020

Tuesday
14 July 2020

Birmingham 2

Thursday
26 March 2020

Thursday
23 April 2020

Thursday
14 May 2020

Thursday
11 June 2020

Thursday
2 July 2020

Thursday
23 July 2020

If you are interested in applying for a place, you will need to submit an expression of interest, including:

  • A short statement (up to 1 page maximum) explaining: what skills and knowledge you would hope to gain by attending the programme; your leadership aspirations for the future and why you believe this programme will help you to achieve them; and how you anticipate you will apply your learning from the programme;
  • Confirmation that you will be able to commit to attending the five sessions, identifying which location and dates you would like to attend.
  • The supporting statement from your line manager should include a commentary on your commitment to development and the support that you will be provided by your School, Function, or Service.

The expression of interest should be sent to People Development (peopledevelopment@reading.ac.uk) by midday on Friday 30 August 2019. We ask that this document is not sent as a PDF file.

Applicants will be informed by Friday 13 September 2019 if they have been successful.

A panel is convened to consider which applicants will be given a sponsored place, and the decision of its members is final. As the programme is usually very popular, this does mean that unfortunately some applicants will be disappointed. Please note, it is not open to individuals to apply direct to the Leadership Foundation for a place, delegates must be sponsored by the University centrally.

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