HR - learning & organisational development

Leadership and Management Programmes

The University is committed to delivering a range of leadership and management programmes to provide support and further development for managers and help build leadership skills at all levels across the University. Please see the Leadership and Management Development opportunities available.



The Aurora Programme is for women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent who wish to develop their leadership skills. Aurora is designed to engage with women at an earlier stage in their careers, the content has not been designed for women already in a leadership role.

Participants on Aurora will experience a blend of education and mentoring providing them with a learning experience with more enduring impact. By developing potential and building confidence Aurora will help institutions plug the ‘leaky pipeline’ that characterises women’s progression into leadership roles in higher education. Aurora provides a positive experience of leadership and encourages participants to recognise their talent and capabilities and ‘step-up’ to promoted posts.

The Aurora programme aims to enable a wider range of women to think of themselves as future leaders, to develop the skills they will need, and to help their institutions to maximise the use of the skills they acquire. This initiative is a response to sector wide research which shows there are fewer women in the most senior positions in higher education than ten years ago and identifies features that could be addressed to change this.

University of Kent Aurora Champion

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Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Religious Studies is the University of Kent Aurora Champion and will support the application process by identifying and selecting participants.

Yvonne says: "It's a privilege to be involved in a scheme that is aimed at enabling a wider range of women to think of themselves as leaders, and to help the University enjoy the benefits of improved gender equality across the board. National and international statistics show that numbers of women in senior roles are decreasing, and this is a crucial issue to address".

For further information about the Aurora Programme, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Jena Dady, Learning and Development Advisor, and Aurora Liaison, ext. 3395.

Aurora @Kent Events

As part of our commitment to the Advance HE Aurora Programme, and continued support of gender equality, the Learning & Organisational Development team organise several Aurora @Kentevents across the year.

These events are open to all staff, professional services and academic.​ Emphatically not women only. All are welcome!

Booking is not usually required for these events, and we would encourage you and your colleagues to attend. We would also welcome any suggestions or ideas for future Aurora @Kent events.

If you have any questions regarding Aurora @Kent events or the Aurora Programme, please do not hesitate to contact Jena Dady, Learning and Organisational Development Adviser  or a member of the Learning and Organisational Development team.

Please see below information on previous Aurora @Kent events:

"Uncovering the Glass Cliff: Women’s leadership roles in times of crisis [4]"
9 September 2016
Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter, UK and a (part-time) Professor of Diversity at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Leadership and Management Styles in an Academic Context [5]
5 December 2016
Dr Georgina Randsley de Moura, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and Head of School.

“Granny with a PhD”
Wednesday 25 January 2017
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent. You can view this session by the Kent Player link at [6]

"Making Waves" an Interview with Professor Nalini Joshi
29 June 2017
Professor Nalini Joshi, Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney, and the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow.

"Leadership Styles and Strategies"
Tuesday 15 May 2018,

"Minorities" in Academic Disciplines: Practical Strategies for Change
Wednesday 17 October 2018
Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, University of Manchester
Presentation from the event
Handout from the event


“Muted Groups and Implicit Bias”
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Amalia Arvaniti, Professor of linguistics, from the University’s School of European Culture and Languages, department of English Language and Linguistics, delivers a talk on the ways in which language can encode and reinforce sexist attitudes (whether overt or implicit) and how such usage can lead to silencing women and minorities.
Presentation from the event.





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