Taking Initiative

Taking Initiative is demonstrated by suggesting improvements in your own work area, and acting early to address and resolve problems and find solutions.

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Aurora is a leadership development training programme aimed at women and those who identify as a woman. It aims to encourage those in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders; to develop leadership skills and to help institutions like UCD optimise the leadership potential of women and those who identify as a woman.

Aurora originated through the Leadership Foundation in the UK, in response to Professor Louise Morley’s (2012) stimulus paper called ‘Women in Higher Education Leadership’ Absences and Aspirations’

The programme is now delivered by Advance HE and it provides, in an interactive online learning environment, core and adaptive leadership skills and knowledge over six stand-alone days. These sessions are delivered online over a five month period.

The Aurora programme comprises of a combination of development days; self-directed learning from on-line resources; cross-institutional action learning sets and in-house mentoring. Training is delivered in an online format with attendance of between 80-100 participants.

Participants

The programme was established in 2013 and has run in a number of venues in the UK and Ireland, including London; Manchester; Bristol and Glasgow and Dublin. UCD has supported over 121 women to participate in the programme since 2015,  demonstrating the University's commitment to leadership development and gender equality.

Mentors

Aurora requires that the University puts systems in place to help support and develop participants on their Aurora experience. This includes having mentors in place to work with participants; having an overall UCD Aurora Champion and also support and liaison through the People and Organisation Development, UCD HR.  Although the development days are run over 5 months, the mentoring arrangement continues throughout a calendar year to help participants maximise the benefit of the programme.

Prof Joe Carthy is the overall Aurora Programme Champion and Fiona McGuinness, People and Organisation Development Specialist is your contact in HR.  Should you have any queries in relation to Aurora in UCD, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie.

Making an application for 2020-21

Please note the application window for the 2020-21 intake has now closed. 

 

For more information about Aurora, you can visit the AdvanceHE website.

If you have questions relating to other leadership or management development please discuss this with your Line Manager or Head of School/Unit at your annual P4G conversaiton.

 

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members

Description: This 2 hour course will guide participants in what you should do before, during and after your interview to maximise your chance of success and help you to become more confident in your own capabilities.

Scheduling Notes: 2 hour workshop

Places: 16

Booking:

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. The 2021/22 training course catalogue will be launched and available to book from the start of the next Academic Year

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members

Description: This 2 hour course will guide participants on the Do's and Don'ts of putting together an effective CV and cover letter.  It will assist in gaining an understanding of what Hiring Managers are looking for and how to present your skills and experience in an impactful way. The course will also provide advice and guidance to participants on how to look for roles based on your skillset and career goals.

Scheduling Notes: 2 hour workshop

Places: 16

Booking:

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. The 2021/22 training course catalogue will be launched and available to book from the start of the next Academic Year

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members.

Description: This half-day course has been designed to encourage creative thinking to generate innovative solutions when staff come across obstacles and challenges within their role.

During the course, we will look at the entire problem solving process and the key tools and techniques that can be used to generate solutions. The course content includes information on how to define the problem, clarify outcomes, identify and explore alternative ideas using brainstorming techniques. 

This is a highly practical course and scenario based exercises and group discussions will be used throughout to allow learners to gain a better understanding of how personal effectiveness principles apply in practice.

Topics covered: 

  • Core principles and benefits of creative thinking
  • Clarifying the problem – Tools for determining the root cause - 5 Whys; Fishbone Diagrams;
  • Generating solutions - Introduction to brainstorming and useful tools & techniques
  • Evaluating and implementing solutions

 

Course Notes: To gain the maximum benefit from the course each learner will be asked to complete a pre-course survey where they outline a specific problem they/their team have encountered in the last 6 months, detail how they handled the problem and on reflection did the chosen solution work.

This will help learners to set the context for the course and allow them to focus on areas they need to improve.

Scheduling Notes:  3.5-hours - including 15-minute break. 

Places: 20

Booking: 

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. The 2021/22 training course catalogue will be launched and available to book from the start of the next Academic Year

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members

Description: The aim of this half-day interactive workshop is to build confidence in your capacity to be a leader. Understand the difference between managers and leaders; identify potential areas where you can lead; recognize your strengths and how you can apply them to leadership.

At the end of the workshop you will have a clear understanding of leadership and how it applies to you in your work and life, and have identified how you will take more initiative to lead.

Course Notes: To gain the maximum benefit and subsequent impact from the course each learner will be asked to undertake some light pre  course work.

Scheduling Notes: This is a 3.25hr workshop including a 15 minute break. Morning Workshops run from 09.30-12.45 (coffee break at approx. 11am). Afternoon workshops run from 13.30-16.45 (coffee break at approx 3pm).

Places: 18.

Booking:

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. The 2021/22 training course catalogue will be launched and available to book from the start of the next Academic Year

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members.

Description: The overall objective of this programme is to draw on the best resource of course participants, their ability to think clearly and with confidence in all situations involving decision making.

Participants will:

  • Understand the real issues facing themselves and others
  •  Be clear about the outcome they want to achieve
  • Achieve stakeholder commitment
  • In short, they will know how to get their decisions across with integrity, innovation and ensuring full collaboration.

Upon completion of the course, participants will know how to:

  • Have clear Focus
  • Ask the Right Questions
  • Develop Productive Thinking
  • Change Negative Thinking into Positive Action
  • Communicate ideas in a way that makes sense to others

Course Notes: To gain the maximum benefit from the course each learner will be asked to bring their own current problems/decisions they can work on  throughout the workshop, improving their personal skills by using their everyday workplace documentation.

Places: 20

 

Who should attend? This course is aimed at all staff members.

Description: The aim of this half-day event is for participants to explore some of the behaviours associated with personal effectiveness and how they can implement these behaviours for improved effectiveness. The course will look at the area of initiative, ways to become more proactive, make decisions and develop a solution focus.

Participants will create an action plan for personal effectiveness during the session.

Course Notes:

List what elements of your own personal effectiveness you would like to strengthen as a result of this course,

List a couple of instances where you have recently taken the initiative and your experience in doing so.

Scheduling Notes: 3.5 hour 

Places: 16

Booking:

For details of upcoming events or to book your place on available courses, please visit the HR - Professional Development booking centre  If your chosen course is fully booked or no longer available, you can access the UCD LinkedIn learning portal via your UCD Connect login where you will find a range of eLearning courses. The 2021/22 training course catalogue will be launched and available to book from the start of the next Academic Year

If you have any further queries on this programme, please contact peopledevelopment@ucd.ie or call ext 4919.