Every year we have our biannual meetings two times in Spring and Autumn either virtually or in-person. There are usually 2 days long with multiple sessions including each working package meeting. Both students and staff attend each working group they are part of and discuss next steps.
The Board and the General Council also meet separately which the Rectors and Vice President from each institution are invited. They sign an agreement between the participating universities accordingly.
Biannual gives the network an opportunity to have a multilateral agreement that will allow the multi-campus to be set up effectively.
Two student representatives are chosen from each university by their own governance every year. The Aurora Student Council set a list of commitments and values that reflect their ambitions for the network. The Student Council also used these as an opportunity to showcase to the wider student population their activities and keen interests.
Recently in May 2022, the Aurora Student Council made a new Student Handbook that includes all the information student reps need to get involved in Aurora.
There are two student schemes Aurora provides other than each work package.
Aurora Student Ambassador
As an Aurora Ambassador, you will work with your university on projects which serve to promote the values of Aurora.
Enrolling to become an Aurora Ambassador, you will receive relevant training. Once you have completed your training, you will be able to choose the area(s) of interest where you would like to direct your support. There will be many opportunities open to you to become part of the Aurora Student Champions and Aurora Alliance, whether this is within your own institution or with Partner Institutions.
Some of the ways you could be involved may include:
- creation of blog
- social media activity
- support for the Aurora community
- organising/poster promotion for Aurora events within your own institution
- working with students/staff from the other Aurora Partners
You will be guided by your institution, with the opportunity to meet other Aurora Ambassadors on a bi-monthly basis, these will be “drop-in” style sessions to share your achievements, thoughts and ideas. You may also have the opportunity to attend Alliance work package meetings, led by Task Team leaders and members, again this will be an opportunity for you to share your opinions, ideas and gain transferable skills.
If you would like to register your interest in becoming an Aurora Ambassador for the 2022-23 Academic Year, please complete the application form. Students who have expressed an interest in the role will be contacted at the beginning of the new academic year to arrange their training.
Aurora Student Champions Scheme
Becoming an Aurora Student Champion means being interested in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being keen on bringing internationalisation to the classroom and having an interest in representing your university. Champions will collate evidence during the academic year, reflecting on values that are important to themselves and Aurora. Students can choose how many hours they would like to complete and will receive a certificate and an Aurora Certified reference based on their chosen hours.
- BRONZE status (12-20 hours)
- SILVER status (21-39 hours)
- GOLD Champion status (40+ hours)
Academic work submitted during the scheme can be in the student’s first language. In short, they will be able to:
- Show how academic work and learning links to the values of Aurora.
- Gain evidence from a project lead on engagement in an Aurora task team.
- Work with a student from another institution on solutions to an Aurora topic.
- Write a reflective piece as a learner in relation to Aurora.
We are seeking ten students from each of the partners. Could one of them be you? By participating in the Aurora Student Champions Scheme, you will not only be able to enhance your academic studies but also:
- Give something back to your student community.
- Help create a more sustainable future.
- Demonstrate and increase a range of transferable skills
- Gain evidence to show to future employers
- Receive an Aurora certified reference upon completion
To register your interest in becoming an Aurora Student Champion for the 2021-2022 Academic Year, please complete the application form. Students who have expressed an interest in the role will be contacted at the start of the new academic year to begin the formal application process.
Find out more about the Aurora Student Champions Scheme, the Briefing Presentation, and the Role Description.
There are many courses you can take from the other Aurora Universities.
If you are interested in participating in any course, either contact the host university from the link or email UEA Aurora team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
At UEA, there are more opportunities outside the Aurora Network. Current staff and students can find out more about UEA Global on My UEA (login required).