Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Aurora Programme 2014/15

Female members of staff are once again invited to apply for the Aurora Programme 2014/15, run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

The programme is run by women for women and draws on successful women from higher education and other sectors as speakers and role models, to share their experiences and knowledge about the world of work and career development.

Ten of our female members of staff took part in the 2013/14 programme and had this to say about their experience:

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and have very much appreciated meeting new people (Portsmouth crowd included) and hearing from the guest speakers, it’s been a really good experience for me.’

‘I am so glad I applied for and was accepted on to the Aurora programme, it has been a wonderful experience and has given me the chance to meet some amazing women who work in universities across the country. I have been inspired by the stories I have heard and it has given me a new found confidence, it really has been a worthwhile exercise.’

You can view more comments or speak to the previous participants at www.port.ac.uk/aurora.

Aurora is for women in roles up to grade nine in academic or professional services, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression. The University is funding ten places on the 2014/15 programme, and welcomes expressions of interest from areas where there is under-representation of women at a senior level. Applications from academic staff at grade eight are particularly encouraged. The programme has been organised regionally and we are encouraging participants where possible to attend the London or Cardiff cohorts.

If you are interested in applying for this programme, please visit www.port.ac.uk/aurora.

Nominations should be made by your Dean of Faculty or Head of Professional Service, so please speak to them. Your completed application form should be sent to Jeannette May, Deputy Director of Human Resources by 22 June 2014.

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