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Apply for the Aurora Women's Leadership Development programme by Friday 14 July

Aurora Women's Leadership Development Programme

There is still time to apply for the Aurora Women's Leadership Development Programme, with applications closing Friday 14 July. 

The University is able to sponsor up to 10 places on the highly popular women-only development programme, which is designed to encourage women in higher education to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills. 

It is aimed at females in roles up to and including Associate Professor or Professional and Managerial Grade 8, and is ideal for individuals with managerial experience looking to move further into leadership in the future.

 It combines education in a conference setting, networking, mentoring and online resources and involves attendance at four conference days, a self-facilitated action learning set and mentoring by a senior member of University staff. Participants will also meet with other University of Reading participants and the Vice-Chancellor to discuss emerging themes. 

Core principals include:

  • Understanding organisations and the sector
  • Developing leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers and obstacles
  • Growing confidence and a leadership identity
  • 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.


Identity, Impact and Voice

Power and Politics

Action Learning Sets*

Core Leadership Skills

Adaptive Leadership Skills

London (autumn)

Thursday 12 October 2017

Thursday 16 November 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017

Thursday 18

January 2018

Thursday 15

February 2018


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Friday 8 December 2017

Tuesday 16

January 2018

Tuesday 6



Tuesday 13

March 2018


Thursday 30 November 2017

Thursday 25 January 2018

Thursday 23



Thursday 15

March 2018

Thursday 12

April 2018


Wednesday 31 January 2018

Wednesday 28 February 2018


21 March


Thursday 26

April 2018

Wednesday 23

May 2018


Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tuesday 17

April 2018

Tuesday 15

May 2018

Tuesday 26

June 2018

London (spring)

Thursday 8 March 2018

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Thursday 17

May 2018

Tuesday 12

June 2018

Thursday 5

July 2018

To apply 

Funding is available for 10 colleagues to participate, with the request that the School / Function covers the cost of travel to the above.

To apply, an expression of interest must be submitted, with a supporting statement from your line manager. Your Head of School / Function must be in agreement with the application. Please send to Susan Thornton with the following:

  • Short statement (maximum 1 page) explaining the skills and knowledge hoped to gain through the programme; your leadership aspirations for the future and why you believe this programme will help you achieve them; and how you anticipate to apply your learning from the programme.
  • Confirmation you can commit to attending the five themed sessions, identifying the location and dates you can 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 / Service.
  • Applications must be received by midday, Friday 14 July 2017

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1 September. 

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