Aurora 2018/2019

Aurora is a leadership programme developed by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK. The programme was developed to address the under-representation of women in senior leadership posts in Irish and UK Higher Education Institutions and to date, has seen 4,613 women complete the programme.
Aurora is targeted at women in senior lecturer and professional services roles across all academic disciplines and throughout central university services
The programme is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills across four workshops, complemented by networking, role models and guest speakers at each event.  Further, on-going support is ensured through action learning, online resources and institutional level support including mentoring.
In 2018-2019, Maynooth University is committed to making available up to 6 places on the programme commencing December 2018.
Who can apply?

  • Female Academic staff currently graded as Senior Lecturer
  • Female Professional staff currently graded as SAO3 or SAO4  

Applicants need to have at least 12 months service with the University and have the support of their Head of Department.
Maynooth University will sponsor the participation fee of £1,250.
Application Process
The Aurora programme is specifically designed for staff who are ambitious to further their career and who are considering their own career pathway towards senior leadership opportunities within the University (Vice President, Director, Head of Department in Academic or Support or Dean).
To apply for the 2018/19 Aurora Leadership Development Programme, eligible employees must submit their professional CV (maximum of 3 pages) along with a covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) outlining the following:

  • how participation in the Aurora programme will address current leadership challenges that the applicant is facing and
  • how participation in the Aurora programme will provide the skills necessary to step into a future senior leadership position within the University. 

The letter must also include:

  • confirmation of availability to attend all sessions
  • signature of support for your nomination from your Head of Department 

Applications should be sent to
Applications will close Sunday 18th November 2018
Workshop dates and locations
Identity, Impact and Voice
Tuesday 11 December 2018
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin D03 W5N0
Power and Politics 
Tuesday 15 January 2019
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin D03 W5N0
Action Learning Set*
Tuesday 12 February 2019: Delegates agree a host institution
Core Leadership Skills 
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Adaptive Leadership Skills 
Tuesday 2 April 2019
Aviva Stadium - Presidents Suite, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 K5F9
Participants from different institutions are allocated to an 'action learning set'. The group participants decide collectively which host institution shall host that particular day
How will applications be assessed?
Applications will be assessed by a sub-group of the Equality, Diversity and Inter-Culturalism Committee consisting of the Director of Human Resources, HR Equality Officer and two committee nominees.
Applications will be assessed on their covering note addressing the two statements above.
Future participation in the Aurora Programme
Maynooth University is committed to supporting staff members who would like to participate in future programmes and will issue a call-out for applications for the 2019-2020 programme in August 2019.