Advance HE uses expertise in governance to support and convene governing bodies throughout higher education, aiding with board effectiveness, governor development, strategic sessions and wider support for the governance community.
In partnership with experts from the sector, we provide tailored services to ensure that Governors and Governance Professionals have everything they need to promote good governance in their institutions.
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Supporting Governor and governance professionals development in 2019-20
Why choose Advance HE?
Our team has unrivalled expertise in relation to higher education governance, supporting over 800 governors in the last academic year across the United Kingdom. In addition to our well-respected Governor Development Programme and wider portfolio of development opportunities for individual governors, we are embedded in the governance policy landscape through our direct engagement with individual governors, Chairs and national bodies such as CUC, CSC, AHUA, UUK, GuildHE and Universities Scotland. In the past two years, team members have completed reviews for institutions as diverse as the Strathclyde, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, St Mark & St John, Edge Hill, Greenwich, Nottingham Trent, Keele, the London Film School, and Regent’s University. They have also supported board away days and facilitated sessions at over a dozen additional universities adding to our exposure of effective practice across the sector.
How we can support you
Advance HE has developed a range of support to aid with board effectivenes, governor development, strategy and away days and wider support for the governance community.
Governor Development Programme (GDP)
The programme is designed to support Governors in all HE institutions throughout the UK and various events are held throughout the year.
This year’s governor development programme and linked activities, has as its theme Governance to 2020 and beyond: Improving Effectiveness for a New Age. It allows participants the opportunity to anticipate and evaluate the impact of change, while offering practice support and advice about how to successful navigate the changes. In addition to focusing on a changing policy environment, the topics GDP covers have been updated based on your feedback.
College-based Higher Education Providers
College-based higher education (CBHE) providers are faced with distinctive challenges to their governance structures and effectiveness, arising from having to operate to two regulatory regimes – further and higher education – which are markedly different in their needs.
In response to demand Advance HE has initiated a collaborative project with the Mixed Economy Group. This will bring CBHE providers together to jointly focus on establishing stronger HE governance in CBHE providers and the development of a CBHE governance framework for the wider sector.
Where we've worked
Board Effectiveness Review - Manchester Metropolitan University
Advance HE provided MMU an external review of its governance arrangements to establish assurance in its effectiveness and to benchmark itself against sector best practice.
The Insight Guide includes selected cameos of institutional good practice drawn from the full set of case studies from Advance HE fieldwork in 2017 which are set out below.
Governing Body Away Days
We have supported developing the agenda, producing materials and resources for use on the days, contributing to action planning to drive real change at institutions.
Find out how we have worked with the University of Bristol, University of Westminster, University College of Osteopathy, University of Stirling, University of Limerick and London Film School in our latest case study.