Advance HE Aurora Leadership Development Programme


The university is funding five places on the 2019/20 Advance HE Aurora Programme. Engagement with Aurora is one of a range of initiatives to build educational leadership capacity across the university.  This year's programme builds on the positive outcomes for last year's participants.

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Aurora 2019-20

The university is currently funding a new cohort of five colleagues selected to participate in the 2019/20 Advance HE Aurora Leadership Development Programme.  The programme extends the range and reach of professional development initiatives supported by the Learning and Teaching Academy.  The programme is also a fundamental part of the University’s Athena Swan action plan.

This year’s Aurora Programme participants are:

  • Arlene Ditchfield, Senior research associate and deputy programme leader for Marine Science BSc, SAMS
  • Hannah Grist, Knowledge Exchange and communications manager, SAMS
  • Katie Masheter, Curriculum development and employer engagement officer, Executive Office
  • Lindsay Nicol, Programme Leader PGDE Primary (English Medium), Moray College UHI
  • Rosalind Bryce, Senior Research Fellow, Perth College UHI

The first of four development days was held on Tuesday, November 5 and focused on identity, impact and voice.  Further development days will focus on ‘politics and influence ‘, core leadership skills’ and ‘adaptive leadership skills’.  Programme participants will undertake a range of learning activities and take part in two action learning sets during the programme.  They will also be provided with a mentor through the University Mentoring Scheme. Arelene, Hannah, Katie, Lindsay and Rosalind are receiving lots of encouragement and support from last year’s participants and existing Aurora Champions.   


Aurora Participants

Left to right: Hannah, Lindsay, Arlene, Rosalind and Katie

About Advance HE's Aurora Leadership Development Programme content

About Advance HE's Aurora Leadership Development Programme

About Advance HE's Aurora Leadership Development Programme

Aurora is the Advance HE’s leadership development programme for those identifing as women. Aimed at those in academic and professional roles, the programme brings together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. Over the past six years more than 5,895 women from 175 institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated. 

“Aurora seeks to support women and their institutions to fulfil their leadership potential through thought provoking activities, collaborative problem-solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences.”[1] 

[1] Advance HE Aurora