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13 Mar 2015

Loughborough to track and evaluate the careers of female academics and professionals

A team of Loughborough University researchers have been chosen to track and evaluate the careers of academics and professionals taking part in Aurora – the Leadership Foundation’s women only development programme.

Aurora was launched by the Leadership Foundation to tackle the under-representation of women in senior higher education positions.  It is a leadership development initiative aimed at early and mid-career academics and professionals, which combines education, mentoring and on-line resources to provide women with the confidence and skills to influence their institutions.

The longitudinal study will be carried out by Dr Fehmidah Munir from the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Dr Sarah Barnard from the School of Civil and Building Engineering and Professor John Arnold and Dr Sara Bosley from the School of Business and Economics.  It will contribute to the sector’s knowledge and understanding of how women’s leadership roles and careers unfold, and the part that Aurora plays in shaping this.

The five-year study is called ‘Onwards and upwards? A longitudinal study of the career trajectories, aspirations and work experiences of Aurora programme participants’.  It is envisaged the findings will inform workforce planning and institutional equality and diversity strategies that aim to better develop the pipeline to successful leadership roles for women.

Fiona Ross, Director of Research at the Leadership Foundation said: “This is a flagship study for the Leadership Foundation and significant for higher education.  It will enable us to build evidence of women’s careers over time and contribute to our understanding of the facilitators and constraints to successful progression to leadership roles.” 

Dr Fehmidah Munir added: “The team at Loughborough is delighted and honoured to have been awarded this important study by the Leadership Foundation. In a context of continuing under-representation of women at senior levels in UK higher education, it is vital to understand better how this happens, how to overcome it and how women can influence both the organisations they work in and their own career trajectories.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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