LTA Connect: All about Aurora

Presented by Debbie Wartnaby this webinar will provide information on the University’s engagement in the Advance HE’s Aurora Leadership Development Programme for women and how to apply for one of this year’s six places being funding by the university.

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The session will include an overview of the Aurora Programme, including its history and benefits as well as the move to online delivery for the programme. Debbie will talk through the application and selection process and previous university Aurorans will talk about what’s involved in undertaking the programme and share their experiences and reflections. Debbie will highlight the approaches to support programme participants as they continue their leadership development beyond the programme.

The session is particularly aimed at colleagues considering applying for the 2023-24 programme but is also aimed at those wishing to find out more about the programme, how to promote it in their academic partner or department and opportunities to support it. You can find more information on the university’s engagement with Advance HE’s Aurora Leadership Development Programme webpages.


Debbie Wartnaby

Debbie’s professional background at UHI lies with the Faculties and Academic Standards team. She works closely with academic staff, subject network leaders and the Deans of faculty by providing high-level administrative support for the faculties in undertaking their quality assurance responsibilities with programme and curriculum development.

On secondment, 2 days per week, to the Learning & Teaching Academy from September 2021 Debbie also covers:

Debbie is a Fellow of the HEA and continues to mentor others to gain accreditation via the Professional Recognition strand of the mentoring scheme. She is also one of the Advance HE Aurora Institutional Champions. 

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Aurora | Future | Change | Growth

The UK Professional Standards Framework

By applying the learning from attending this webinar to professional practice, it could support evidence in the following areas of the UK Professional Standards Framework for those seeking Higher Education Academy (HEA) Recognition.

A5 Engage in continuing professional development in subject/disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship, and the evaluation of professional practices

V4 Acknowledge the wider context in which higher education operates, recognising the implications for professional practice

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