Aurora Leadership Development Programme 2016/17– Applications Open Now

Aurora Leadership Development Programme 2016/17– Applications Open Now

The Leadership Foundation’s flagship programme is entering its fourth year and Manchester Met are looking for the next cohort of women to participate in 2016/17 as well as the next cohort of male and female mentors.

Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent (Grade 7) in a university, who would like to explore the avenues to leadership and develop their career.

The programme addresses core areas associated with leadership success:

  • 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

Aurora will address these areas by using a combination of development days (four, at approximately monthly intervals); self-directed learning that follows the interests, needs and time constraints of participants; action learning sets organised and delivered locally and in-house mentoring.

The University is investing in a number of places for women on sessions starting in February 2017 in either Leeds or London:


Identity, Impact and Voice: Thursday 2 February 2017

Power and Politics : Thursday 2 March 2017

Action Learning Sets: Thursday 30 March 2017                    

Core Leadership Skills: Thursday 11 May 2017

Adaptive Leadership Skills: Thursday 8 June 2017


London 2:

Identity, Impact and Voice: Wednesday 8 March 2017

Power and Politics: Wednesday 29 March 2017

Action Learning Sets: Wednesday 26 April 2017

Core Leadership Skills: Thursday 24 May 2017

Adaptive Leadership Skills: Wednesday 28 June 2017


Further details of the programme can be found here:

Previous Aurorans and mentors have gained valuable experience and knowledge from the programme:

“The most rewarding part of Aurora for me has been meeting colleagues from other institutions and sharing our experiences through the Action Learning Sets. Getting new perspectives from outside your usual frame of reference is invaluable, and has really helped me to clarify what I want out of my future career. The support, honesty and bonding from the experience has been very worthwhile and I will continue to stay in touch with my new colleagues for years to come.” – Helen Darby, Auroran 2016

“I’ve learnt a great deal about the experiences of a hardworking mother, balancing her academic career and being a parent. The scheme catalysed many enjoyable, personal conversations that I hope gave us both positive perspectives on how to get the best out of ourselves. I mentor many staff for different reasons, but this has been my most enjoyable. Thanks for the opportunity to be the only male mentor in this particular cohort.” – Prof Mark Langan, Mentor 2016


Applications to attend the programme

Women in the University are encouraged to apply for this exciting programme. For an application form, please make enquiries to

Closing date for all applications will be on Friday 4th November 2016.


Participants in the programme take up a mentoring relationship with another person who has qualities that includes being considered successful in their careers; has sufficient general higher education experience to be able to offer advice and support and has a genuine interest in helping women to develop their careers.

Mentors can be male or female, so if you are interested in mentoring a Manchester Met ‘Auroran’ please make enquiries to

Role Models

A key part of the Aurora experience is for participants to have contact with successful women in higher education displaying the values and characteristics suitable for a positive role model. Manchester Met is invited to nominate women to attend the development days and host a table of up to seven women.

If you are interested in attending workshops as a role model please make enquiries to and further details will be provided.