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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 2018 Aurora Leadership Development Programme is delivered over five compulsory modules as follows: 

 Identity, Impact & Voice  Tuesday 11th December 2018
 Power & Politics  Tuesday 15th January 2019
 Action Learning  Tuesday 12th February 2019
 Core Leadership Skills  Tuesday 5th March 2019
 Adaptive Leadership Skills  Tuesday 2nd April 2019


If you wish to be considered for the DIT Aurora Leadership Development Programme, please complete the attached application form and return to by Friday 19th October 2018 at 17.00hrs.

DIT Aurora Application Form 2018‌‌

Aurora Programme Outline


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