Aurora launch leadership pathways for women

Posted: 16 November 2018 at 2:17 pm

The Aurora programme is run by Advance HE (formerly the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) in partnership with educational institutions to help develop women’s leadership skills so they can advance within their careers.

The RVC has funded eight places on the 2018-19 programme for those among its academic body.

Programme participants all receive a mentor within the RVC to help guide them along their career path, as well as attend workshops that will explore their leadership aspirations and equip them with the tools needed to help get promoted into senior posts.

An overwhelming number of people applied for the RVC-funded places, leaving the selection panel with the task of choosing eight from a highly talented and committed pool of women.

After a tough decision process, the funded places were awarded to the following applicants:

  • Camilla Benfield, lecturer in virology
  • Grace Mackintosh Sim, outreach development manager
  • Charlotte Dawson, lecturer in veterinary ophthalmology
  • Bettina Dunkel, senior lecturer in equine medicine
  • Androniki Psifidi, lecturer in veterinary clinical genetics
  • Siobhan Abeyesinghe, senior lecturer in animal behavior and welfare
  • Charlotte Lawson, senior lecturer
  • Ivana Vasic, strategic planning and risk analyst

These women will now either participate in the autumn or spring semesters of the Aurora 2018-19 programme. All were invited to attend a launch event, along with their mentors, at the RVC Hawkshead campus in Potters Bar in October.