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Aurora Women's Leadership Programme

Aurora is a women-only leadership development programme provided by Advance HE.  The EDI office in TUS funds a number of employees each year to participate in the programme and supports them with an accompanying mentorship programme. The TUS Aurora programme is targeted at women in academic, support and research roles in the University in order to enable leadership potential and provide an opportunity for growth and development.

The programme provides, in a social learning environment, core and adaptive leadership skills and knowledge over six interlinked days: four development days and two action learning set days. Participants are encouraged to access and use the online self-directed resources available to them.  Led by a team of leadership experts, participants will explore four key areas associated with leadership success: Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; Adaptive Leadership Skills. This is complemented by networking, role models, and guest speakers at each event. 

  • Perspectives from previous TUS Aurora participants

    "Aurora provided an opportunity to take time out from our day to day work and reflect on many themes relating to leadership. The speakers on the programme were excellent and prompted a lot of thought. The Action learning sets were particularly helpful and it was great to have linkages across different disciplines. I found the mentoring relationship very helpful and would love to see this rolled out further.” Dympna Fitzgerald, Business Intelligence and Development Unit Manager.

    “The whole programme was very beneficial; it was very well organised with lots of opportunity for deep reflection. I particularly liked the active learning sets – it was easy to speak openly and get insight into other roles. I have kept in contact with members of the active learning set that I was in and I’m sure we will continue to provide support to eachother.” June O Byrne Prior, Lecturer in Department of Sport, Leisure and Tourism.

    “The Aurora programme far exceeded my expectations and provided me with a protected space to really think about leadership. It is great that we can retain the material and can go back over it again in our own time. I had a wonderful mentor to support me in the programme. It’s important that the mentoring relationship is established from the start of the Aurora programme to get the most benefit from it.”  Dr Geraldine Cuskelly, Lecturer, Department of Sport and Health Sciences

  • 2022/23 Ireland Programme Dates

    The 2022/2023 Ireland programme dates are as follows:

    Aurora 2022 – 2023 Leadership Development Programme for Women

    Workshop/Cohort Development Day




    Online - zoom

    Tues 22nd November 2022

    Identity, Impact and Voice

    Online - zoom

    Tuesday 29th November 2022

    Core Leadership

    Online - zoom

    Tuesday 17th January 2023

    Action learning set 1

    Online - zoom

    Tuesday 28th February 2023

    Politics and Influence

    Online - zoom

    Tuesday 21st March 2023

    Adaptive Leadership

    Online - zoom

    Tuesday 18th April 2023

    Action Learning set 2

    Delegates self host

    Tuesday 9th May 2023

    Your Future in Higher Education

    In person - Dublin

    Wednesday 17th May 2023


















    To support the Aurora programme, TUS is organising a Mentorship training for Mentors and Mentees. Details of this are as follows:

    Mentee Training

    Online – zoom: 9:15 – 1pm

    Tuesday 25th October 2022

    Mentor Training

    Online – zoom: 9:15 – 1pm

    Tuesday 22nd November 2022

  • Who can apply?

    The Aurora programme is open to the following:

    • Female academics up to and including Senior Lecturer level or equivalent,
    • Female administrative and technical staff up to comparable administrative grades
    • Female research staff.

    Applicants should be ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as an option for progression. 

  • Cost

    The Aurora programme fee and associated travel costs are funded by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Office at TUS.   

  • Application Process

    Staff interested in applying for the Aurora programme are required to complete the application form by the 10th October 2022. The application includes a personal statement indicating why they are interested in the programme and what they want to achieve from it.  Specifically, applicants need to address the following questions in their application:

    • What development needs and/or leadership challenges are you experiencing in your current role?
      (40  marks)
    • How do you perceive Aurora will support you in addressing these needs/challenges? (20 marks)
    • What learning outcomes do you expect to achieve from your engagement with the Aurora programme? (20 marks)
    • How do you plan to apply your experience with Aurora to the development of other colleagues? (20 marks)

    TUS Aurora Application Form

  • Selection of participants

    To provide for equality of opportunity and transparent selection of participants, a sub-committee will assess the applications and select the successful participants based on the personal statements submitted.

    Applicants must be available to attend the workshops on all specified dates, including any internal workshops that may be offered to participants to enhance their experience of Aurora.

  • Further Queries

    For any further queries regarding this programme please contact

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education (EDI in HE) online programme aims to  

  1. Raise awareness of how equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues permeate organisational culture, and
  2. Outline what third level education staff responsibilities are under Irish equality and human rights legislation.

The programme consists of 4 separate modules, each of 30-45 minutes duration, which can be completed either as an entire programme, or as a series of modules allowing participants to build up their knowledge over time.

  • Module Details

    Module 1 is an introductory module, providing a comprehensive overview of the importance and benefits of EDI and Human Rights, and the legal landscape in which Higher Education Institutions operate.

    Module 2 covers Recruitment and Selection and is a very informative tool for any staff member involved in the selection process.

    Module 3 looks at meeting the needs of diverse students and best practice tips on fostering equality in teaching and learning settings. 

    Module 4 looks at putting policy into practice

  • Who is EDI in HE training for?

    All staff are invited to take the training, as we all have a part to play in making TUS a more equal and inclusive place.

    Staff on recruitment interview panels are particularly encouraged to complete module 2. 

    Academic staff are particularly encouraged to complete module 3. 

  • Accessing the training

    You can use your staff email account to access the training by clicking the link below


    EDI in Higher Education online training