Last Friday the Aurora Universities Network, which joins together nine of Europe's top universities, celebrated its 2nd birthday.
Bringing together nine universities with 38,500 staff and 209,000 students, Aurora is all about strengthening academic, cultural and social ties between research-intensive universities. What is unique about Aurora is that the members prioritise the societal impact of their research and secondly, the extensive and growing student participation in activities.
Professor David Richardson who is the network’s President, said: “It was a pleasure to grab half-an-hour between lectures to celebrate Aurora’s 2nd Birthday with some of our visiting Dutch students from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, one of the founding partners of Aurora. As we move towards Brexit, partnerships such as Aurora remind us all of our common European objectives and responsibilities.”
Present at this celebration were Neil Ward, Ian Callaghan, Jenny Baxter, Richard Harvey from the University of East Anglia. Also present were students Jelle Steenbeek, Jacobien Beekema, Carl Petter Moldestad, Camiel Schuurman, Joelle Dijkstra, Eva Feijt from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Aurora’s next meeting will be held at the University of Antwerp in November where the network will consider how to measure best the contribution universities make to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and honouring those within Aurora who have made an outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion.