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RGU praised for developing female leaders

Karen Cross

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) commitment to developing future female leaders has been commended by the Scottish Parliament.

RGU is involved in the Aurora Leadership Development Programme which aims to develop future women leaders for higher education.

The parliament also commended the university for a series of publications to celebrate women working in the university.  

RGU was one of the first universities in the UK to get involved with Aurora and has sponsored 37 women through the programme, which is designed to enable women from across the university to engage with leadership development at an earlier stage in their careers. 

Ross Thomson MSP, who submitted a motion congratulating RGU for its work in promoting gender equality, said: “It is fantastic to see one of Scotland’s foremost educational institutions forging the way in creating inspirational women leaders, and I sincerely hope that Aurora will give more women the encouragement and opportunity to become leaders in their fields.” 

Alison Watson, chair of RGU’s Women’s Network, said: “It is hugely momentous that our efforts to mark the significant contributions of female staff and to encourage future female leaders have been recognised in this way.”

The first edition of Celebrating Women at RGU was launched in June last year and focused on women who work and study within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The third volume, which will focus on females at RGU in the arts and social sciences, will be produced in early 2017.

The Celebrating Women at RGU publications can be viewed online at:

Photo: Karen Cross, subject leader for RGU’s fashion management degree, features in the Aurora edition of RGU’s Celebrating Women at RGU



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