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Leadership programmes

The EDI leadership training programmes are aimed at developing a diverse pool of leaders for the future. Each programme is nationally recognised and seeks to equip leaders from diverse groups with the knowledge to succeed.

For more information, contact the EDI team.

Stellar HE

StellarHE is targeted at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals who aspire to senior leadership positions in Higher Education. The programme has been designed specifically to equip participants with leadership competencies and strategies that reflect the unique challenges and experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff across the HE sectors.

The programme is open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Professional Support Staff, Academics and Researchers at a middle to senior management level. Applicants must be ready to embark on an experiential leadership programme and available to participate in all activities during the programme.


Aurora is a key initiative to address the under-representation of women leaders in Higher Education. The Aurora programme aims to enable a wider range of women to think of themselves as future leaders, providing a positive experience of leadership and encouraging participants to recognise their talent and capabilities, develop the skills they will need and to ‘step-up’ to future leadership posts.

The Aurora programme is designed to support staff who identify as women into leadership roles. we welcome applications up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent who wish to develop their leadership skills and potential. We will prioritise applicants with limited leadership development.

100 Black Professors

100 Black Women Professors Now! (BWPN) is a unique 12-month accelerator programme for black female academics working in UK higher education institutions. The programme aims to propel equity of opportunity and to deliver a step change in progress for the sector.

The programme has been developed by Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN) to address how there is a specific and critical underrepresentation of black women in every stage of the higher education academic talent pipeline.