1. Diversity & Inclusion
The vision of the Aurora diversity workgroup is to
- Create equal opportunities for staff and students at Aurora universities
- Create a working and learning environment at our universities in which different perspectives are explicitly valued
- Capitalize on the ability to generate creativity from different perspectives both in teaching and in education.
2. Societal impact and relevance of research
Focusing on and showing the societal relevance and impact of high-quality research is the second key focus are of Aurora. The member universities intend to develop benchmarks and indicators that give societal impact and relevance its due weight and balance against more exclusive academic metrics like field/size normalised citation impact and journal impact. They see this as part of their strategy to enhance the societal impact and relevance of their research, without negative impact on the world class quality of that research.
3. Student’s initiatives
Aurora attaches great weight to student involvement, both as characteristic of each university and within the network. It is important that the students’ activities develop beyond the domain of student representation and include Aurora links between students who are active in all sorts of education related and campus related student activities (social, cultural, sports, campus services, career services, alumni).
4. Innovation of teaching and learning
Aurora can serve its member universities specifically in the context of innovation of teaching & learning, which is understood widely to include developments in digitalisation of education as well as innovation in the content and the balance of subject-related, general cognitive and personal learning outcomes.
5. Human Life and Health
The group is currently working on the articulation of a long term vision with objectives/milestones. For example, how the umbrella theme of ‘human life and health’ will impact Aurora research, education and outreach.
6. Digital World
The group is currently working on more joint online open courses (UEA), how to handle datasets (UoI) and sharing/developing ideas and practices on how to adapt the education in a university to an increasingly digital world-student population (UDE).
Organization of student events, bringing academic staff of partners together for sharing experiences , sharing best practices in international teaching etc. A group will be set up with all partners to work together on student exchange and short-term mobility.
8. Sustainability, energy and climate
This is a topic which will be worked on in a follow up meeting in May in Reykjavik.