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Advance HE in Wales

Advance HE supports and enables higher education providers to put institutional strategy into practice for the benefit of students, staff and society.

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.

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Advance HE Membership in Wales

We are proud that all nine Welsh Universities, the Coleg Cymraeg Genedlaethol and seven Further Education Colleges continue to chose to be members of Advance HE.

Advance HE members receive a number of member benefits.

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Advance HE Member 2019-20

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
      • HEFCW
      • Universities Wales
      • Colegau Cymru

    We also engage with organisations such as QAA, NUS Wales and Chwarae Teg to develop synergies and prevent duplication. 

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    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.

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    Development programmes and events held in Wales

    Below you will find the specific development programmes and events which take place in Wales.

    Our open programmes, conferences and events are also available and can be found here.

    Aurora - Cardiff

    Aurora is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.

    One cohort per year is run in Cardiff.
    Find out more
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    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.

    Download our member benefits for institutions in Wales

    Services for All UK Advance HE Members

    Consultancy and enhancement services

    Our consultancy and enhancement services allow us to be a critical friend, bringing our deep and extensive expertise to your challenges and draw on the learnings from our cross-sector reach.
    Find out more

    Bespoke in-house programmes

    Our programmes develop leaders equipped to address the key challenges facing institutions, enhance the teaching and learning capability and tackle the methods by which your institution addresses equality, diversity and inclusivity at all levels.
    Find out more

    Fellowship support

    Fellowship related support such as bulk Fellowship application purchase, Fellowship application writing workshops and reviews of applications for Fellowships
    Find out more

    Collaborative projects

    Projects focused on key issues in higher education, bringing together institutions to tackle the challenges and opportunities faced.
    Find out more

    Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter support 

    Support in introducing the equality charters and then in applying for the Charters.
    Find out more
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    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.

    Advance HE Connect
    Advance HE Connect
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    Meet the team

    Gary Reed

    Pennaeth Aelodaeth (Cymru) / Head of Membership (Wales)

    T: +44 (0) 3300 416 201
    M +44 (0) 7701 369 155           

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    David Bass

    Assistant Director of Membership (Scotland, Ireland, Wales)

    T: +44 (0) 131 322 3736
    M: +44 (0) 7701 368 405

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    Joan O' Mahony

    Senior Advisor (Student Retention and Success)

    T: +44 (0) 1904 917 115
    M: +44 (0) 7912 043 076

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