We bring together post-16 education-focused expertise in teaching and learning, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), leadership and management and governance, to help providers to deliver world-leading teaching, research and scholarship, their civic mission and student outcomes at their institution.
We do this through the provision of specialist knowledge and resource, externally recognised benchmarking and recognition schemes and a member-focused, collaborative approach.
We offer accreditation through the Fellowships and EDI charters: Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter and development through open programmes, bespoke programmes, and consultancy.
Working with Wales
In Wales, Advance HE works closely with Welsh Government, HEFCW, Universities Wales, Colegau Cymru, the nine Universities and the FE Colleges with HE provision. Advance HE has a Wales based Head of Membership, a dedicated Senior Advisor in teaching and learning and EDI, and Wales and UK based Associates with expertise leadership, governance, EDI, teaching and learning with a good understanding of the Wales context in these disciplines.
Our formal engagement with the Welsh HE sector is through the Advance HE stakeholder group, which is held biannually with representation from HEFCW, Universities Wales, UHR Wales, ChUW, Welsh Clerks and Secretaries, Pro Vice-Chancellors Learning and Teaching Group and Pro Vice-Chancellors Research . This group steers the focus of Advance HE activity in Wales, including determining any HEFCW/sector-wide funded initiatives.
As members, institutions have a dedicated Advance HE Wales Head of Membership who engages with the sector more broadly through the following means to ensure a constructive dialogue of activities in Wales:
- Institutional visits (HE and FE delivering HE)
- Organising the:
- Advance HE Wales Institutional Group (L&T)
- Advance HE Wales EDI Liaison Group
- OSD Cymru (organisational & staff development)
- Attending, by invitation, meetings of:
- UHR Wales
- Welsh Clerks & Secretaries
- Joint ChUW and Welsh Clerks and Secretaries meetings
- PVC Learning and Teaching Group
- PVC Research
- Meetings, as required with:
- Welsh Government
- Universities Wales
- Colegau Cymru
We also engage with organisations such as QAA, NUS Wales and Chwarae Teg to develop synergies and prevent duplication.
Working with the Welsh language
Advance HE is committed to providing a proportional response to need for resources in the medium of Welsh, and is engaging with the community to make key resources available bilingually.
We shall also explore establishing an annual review panel for Fellowship applications in Welsh, as well as working with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol supporting the establishment of a Welsh language Advance HE Connect group for lecturers teaching in Welsh.
We will work with Welsh speaking communities in the sector to establish whether there is demand for provision of leadership development courses through the medium of Welsh.
Development programmes and events held in Wales
Below you will find the specific development programmes and events which take place in Wales.
Aurora - Cardiff
One cohort per year is run in Cardiff.
Support for Welsh institutions
As mentioned above, the Head of Membership in Wales will visit institutions and individuals to support maximisation of their membership, associated benefits, including Advance HE Connect for communities of practice, and offering off the shelf and bespoke product solutions to challenges and opportunities faced.
Specific support in Wales
We provide a Wales specific member benefit scheme of work, agreed in conjunction with HEFCW and the Chair of the PVC Learning and Teaching Group.
In 2019/20 the focus was a well received programme ‘Wales Higher Education Well-being Initiative’, which included embedding mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum.
Below is the general support Advance HE offers all institutions.
Services for All UK Advance HE Members
Consultancy and enhancement services
Bespoke in-house programmes
Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter support
Support for individuals working in Wales
All staff and governors in Welsh Universities and the seven FE Colleges can access the full range of Advance HE member benefits. Individuals can also attend Advance HE paid for Events, Conference and Training and have open access to the Advance HE Connect networking platform. We can also work with individuals or their line managers to identify personal development opportunities.
We are exploring the establishment of a network of Principal Fellows through the Advance HE Wales Institutional Group and other communities through our Advance HE Connect platform.
Advance HE Connect
The online network exclusively for higher education.
Our aim for all those who work in HE to share, connect and collaborate in one place is facilitated by network groups, forums, media centres and group projects. More than 16,500 users have already come together to engage on key HE topics including equality and inclusion, teaching and learning and student success.