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DIT - Aurora Leadership Development Programme for Women

DIT Staff Development has identified Leadership Development as a priority for all staff who are responsible for managing people and for those who aspire to leadership roles. The Aurora Leadership Development Programme however, is specifically designed for women to support their career progression. The programme aims to address the gender imbalance in senior roles highlighted in the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (June 2016) and to support the recommendations of the DIT Athena SWAN Committee (see links below).

The Aurora programme is designed to develop leadership competencies, to create awareness of the issues facing women’s career progression in higher education, and to increase the pool of potential women who will put themselves forward for promotion.  

The programme is targeted at women in lecturer, senior lecturer, research and professional services roles across all academic disciplines and throughout the Institute's administrative functions.  An open and transparent selection process will take place where ten participants will be selected to attend the programme from across the Institute.  The 2017 Aurora Leadership Development Programme is delivered over five compulsory modules as follows: 

Identity, Impact & Voice Thursday 30th November 2017
Power & Politics Thursday 25th January 2018
Action Learning Thursday 22nd February 2018
Core Leadership Skills Thursday 15th March 2018
Adaptive Leadership Skills Thursday 12th April 2018


If you wish to be considered for the DIT Aurora Leadership Development Programme, please complete the attached application form and return to by Thursday 12th October 2017 at 17.00hrs.

DIT Aurora Application Form 2017‌‌

Aurora 2017 Programme Outline


HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions June 2016