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Academic Governance Reviews

Informed by our Framework for Academic Governance and drawing upon our extensive pool of governance experts we work with you to evaluate effective academic governance.

The majority of UK universities operate a dual governance system, with academic governance typically the responsibility of the Academic Board or Senate. 

The rapidly evolving and less predictable operating environment means that the role and responsibilities for those responsible for academic governance continues to increase. 

You can successfully navigate this complex and changing landscape with an Academic Governance Review. Undertake a review to ensure that: 

  • Academic standards are maintained
  • Academic quality is defined and monitored
  • Quality of provision is systematically improved

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The importance of academic governance

Academic governance involves the personnel, structures, policies and relationships that regulate the management and conduct of teaching, learning and research in a higher education provider. It is a system that ensures the institution’s standards are maintained, quality is defined and monitored, and there is continuous improvement.”

Advance HE Insight Guide: Governing bodies and academic assurance, 2017

The 3-stage Academic Governance Review

Informed by our Framework for Academic Governance and drawing upon our extensive pool of governance experts we work with you to evaluate effective academic governance.

Stage 1: Enablers

Work with you to assess the embeddedness of the six enablers for academic assurance culture (respect, understanding, reports, information, student engagement and expertise).

Stage 2: Relationships

Look at how responsibilities have been discharged and the effectiveness of the system for implementing key policies. We also consider behaviours within the institution that enable effective academic governance.

Stage 3: Behaviours and Outcomes

Support you in implementing a system to review the contribution of the academic governance system to enhancing institutional performance and the added value provided through its activities.
Reviewing Academic Governance in higher education framework
The framework we use in Academic Governance Reviews

Reviewing Academic Governance in HE Framework


Useful resources

Advance HE is committed to producing and sharing news, guidance, research, publications, resources and toolkits to support good governance in HE.

We also have a number of case studies available from our work with institutions across the sector, which provide examples of how key enablers have been used in specific situations. 

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Insight Guide: governing bodies and academic assurance

Understand and evaluate current practice and to provide support for governing body development.
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The Challenge of Academic Quality Governance Programme

We support in-depth appraisals of academic quality in partnership with QAA. Our joint team of experts works with individual or groups of providers to examine challenges of academic quality governance.

The assessment of what constitutes effective academic governance of higher education is complex and varies from institution to institution depending on history, constitution, mission, and values.

As the sector develops its collective understanding of the requirements and challenges of OfS conditions of registration, the relevance of the Teaching Excellence Framework and effective uses of data to understand and enhance academic quality, institutions are also seeking to articulate their own requirements based on their unique contexts. 

Institutions are aiming for a shared view of academic quality across the institution and an approach that is well articulated, understood, accepted, and consistently deployed.

Through our combined in-depth understanding of higher education governance and quality assurance QAA and Advance HE are working in partnership to support staff and governors enhance their quality assurance systems

Using our four-step process, we will work with you to understand your needs and identify areas for interventions and development. Our programmes of support are bespoke to fit the specific context and challenges of your institution, and often include elements of independent review, staff development and evaluation of impact.  

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If you are interested in Advance HE's Governance Consultancy and Advice, please complete the enquiry form below. We will get back to you to discuss your requirements. 

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