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LFHE Aurora and FAQs

Leadership Foundation in Higher Education (LFHE) Aurora guidance

In November 2017 the University, with funding and support endorsed by the Principal, made a commitment within its Athena SWAN Institutional Action Plan, action 4.2(a) for: Annual participation in the LFHE programmes.

Aurora is an external women-only leadership development programme. It is a unique partnership initiative bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. 

Download: Aurora-booklet-2018 (PDF, 276 KB)

Latest Aurora venues: LFHE Aurora 2018/19 dates webpage

Expectations of participants:

  • Liaise with a Mentor within the University to communicate progress or issues during the programme.   
  • Committed to the full Aurora process, attending all four development days plus the action learning set day and be prepared to undertake some self-directed study.
  • Undertake all pre-work set for the course in advance of attending each development day.
  • Ready to embrace the mentoring relationship, and actively work with their mentors to address their personal development and build their self-reliance.
  • Committed to a career in HE and prepared to devote some time to thinking about and planning their career.
  • Willing to host an action learning set day at their institution, with the support of their institution.
  • Prepared to embrace the extensive networking opportunities and participate fully in Aurora.
  • Willing to undertake projects or assignments for their institution in order to build on their developing leadership skills.
  • Prepared to participate in a longitudinal study to gauge the effectiveness of Aurora.
  • Willing to act as mentors or role models to future participants.

FAQs:

How do I apply?

Who is the programme for? 

Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or the professional services equivalent, and must not be a professor or in a senior management/director role, therefore the programme would be better suited for women at grades 6 to 8.  

How will staff be selected?

Staff selection is conducted by the Director of HR. 

Who are the University of St Andrews Aurora Champions?

Professor Sally Mapstone (Principal and Vice-Chancellor), Mairi Stewart (Director of HR), Sukhi Bains (Head of E&D)

How much does it cost?

The costs are £1,250 (plus VAT) per participant (as at Oct 2018) plus travel expenses, which are fully funded by the University's Diversity cost centre.

Can I attend other development days in other parts of the UK?

Yes participants are open to attend Aurora LFHE development days in other parts of the UK if not able to attend the first choice ones held in Scotland.

How does Aurora relate to University diversity awards, such as Athena SWAN?

Career development and mentoring for women is a major part of Athena SWAN.  An action to support staff advancement under the programme is one of the ways in which the University and/or schools can support the career development of women in the workplace to progress into senior roles. 

What are the Aurora learning sets and time commitment?

Aurora consists of five interlinked days.  Each participant is required to book to attend one of each of the 5 development days: Identity; Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skills. 

Is a women-only programme legal?

Under UK legislation and the Scottish Specific Duties (2012) resulting from the Equality Act (2010) it is lawful to take positive action to address under representation and minimise workplace disadvantage. 

Who can I contact from previous University cohorts?

2018/19 cohort (23 supported):

Name School/Unit
Tracey Gloster Biology
Judith Sleeman Biology
Rosalind Campbell Office of the Principal - Proctor's Office
Jennifer Lambert Finance
Gillian Sinclair Finance
Louise Reid Geography & Sustainable Development
Gillian Mitchell History
Pauline Brown IT Services
Veronica O'Carroll Medicine
Emma Herdman Modern Languages
Dora Osbourne Modern Languages
Victoria Turner Modern Languages
Margarita Vaysman Modern Languages
Sarah Bennison Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Claudia Cisneros-Foster Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Alison Kerr Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Stavroula Pipyrou Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Lucy Hadfield Physics and Astronomy
Marianne MacKinnon RBS
Sarah Pay RBS
Angela Johnston Registry
Liliana Martins e Caneco Registry
Lara Meischke Student Services

2017/18 cohort (24 supported):

Name School/Unit
Stephanie O'Rourke Art History
Amanda Baizan Edge Biology
Emma Defew Biology
Ildiko Somorjai  Biology
V Anne Smith Biology
Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis Classics
Gosia Mitka  Economics and Finance
Sharon Leahy Geography and Sustainable Development
Katherine Roucoux Geography and Sustainable Development
Sarah Easterby-Smith  History
Kate Ferris History
Fiona McCallum International Relations
Anita Laidlaw  Medicine
Gozde Ozakinci  Medicine
Ruth Cruickshank  Medicine
Katie Jones  Modern Languages
Emma Bond Modern Languages
Victoria Donovan Modern Languages
Katie Allan Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Maggie Ellis Psychology & Neuroscience
Laurence Lasselle Management
Julie Brooks  Management
Shona Russell  Management
Claudia Cyganowski Physics and Astronomy

2016/17 cohort (10 supported):

Name School/Unit
Bettina Bildhauer German
Caron Gentry International Relations
Claudia Rossignoli Italian 
Emily Finer Russian
Emily Michelson History
Erin Robbins Psychology & Neuroscience
Ishbel Duncan Computer Science
Karen Brown  Art History
Leshu Torchin  Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies
Madhavi Nevader Divinity

 2015/16 cohort (10 supported):

Name

School/Unit

Anne-Marie Weijmans

Physics and Astronomy

Catherine O'Leary

Modern Languages (Spanish)

Clare Peddie

Biology

Donna Pierz-Fennell

Biology

Eleanor Burt

Management

Juliana Bowles

Computer Science

Julie Struthers

Medicine

Morven Shearer

Medicine

Sibylle Scheipers

International Relations

Nicola Milton

Office of the Principal

2014/15 cohort (5 supported):

Name

School/Unit

Aileen Fyfe

History

Claire Whitehead

Russian

Lorna Stevenson

Management

Jo Inchley

Medicine

Juan Ye

Computer Science

Aurora Films

Aurora seeks to share experience and insight to support women considering, aspiring to, and in leadership roles. In 2017 we welcomed Harriet Minter, former Women in Leadership editor at the Guardian and founder of Proceed until Apprehended, and Steph McGovern, journalist and BBC presenter, to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing women in leadership in higher education and beyond. Refer to Aurora Films webpage  

Contact

Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096