The Aurora Scheme Run By Leadership Foundation For Higher Education

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This assignment will focus on the Aurora scheme run by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE), which is a women only leadership development initiative that includes a mentoring element. The scheme, currently in its second year, is targeted at up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent working in a university, college or related organisation who would like to develop and explore issues relating to leadership roles and responsibilities (LFHE 2015).
Aurora is a national programme which uses a combination of large cross-institutional workshops run by LFHE facilitators, self-directed learning and in-house mentoring. The assignment will focus on the mentoring element of the
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As such, it has not really made any impact on how the author’s institution constructs leadership and positions women leaders within its structures. Finally, the assignment will also discuss issues around evaluation of mentoring programmes, with the author reflecting critically on potential implications for her own coaching and mentoring practice.
Background to Aurora and Women-only mentoring programmes
The Aurora scheme emerged as a response to the LFHE stimulus paper ‘Women and Higher Education: Absences and Aspiration’ by Professor Louise Morley (2013). Morley argued that the number of women in senior positions in higher education not only remains consistently low in comparison with men in similar posts but when contrasted with figures from ten years ago, there is actually a downward trend in terms of women taking on leadership positions in academia. This is despite women making up more than 50% of undergraduate students and in general, the fact that the rate of female university graduates taking up entry level management positions is almost at par with men (Bosak and Sczesny 2011). Similarly, within the higher education sector, whilst men and women are represented fairly evenly at entry and lower management levels, with regard to senior management and leadership positions, the proportion of women is significantly smaller (Morley 2015). According to most recent Equality Challenge Unit data (ECU 2014) for the UK higher education sector, men made up
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