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
The importance of academic governanceAcademic 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
Stage 2: Relationships
Stage 3: Behaviours and Outcomes
Unrivalled expertise in HE governance
In addition to our well-established Governor Development Programme, we are embedded in the governance policy landscape. Our direct engagement with individual governors, Chairs and national bodies such as CUC, CSC, AHUA, UUK and Universities Scotland allows us to ensure we have a thorough understanding of what the external policy environment means for good governance.
We have externally facilitated a wide range of HEI governing body effectiveness reviews. Our experience in understanding matters relating to academic governance and the inter-face between Council and Senate is also extensive.
In 2016/17 we were commissioned by the funding bodies in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to undertake a two year project to examine approaches and identify good practice in relation to academic governance in higher education institutions. Following the success of this project we have been subsequently recommissioned to undertake a new project for HEFCE to recommend baseline arrangements of academic governance for alternative providers in England.
Advance HE is committed to producing and sharing news, guidance, research, publications, resources and toolkits to support good governance in HE.
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.