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Consultancy and enhancement services

At Advance HE, our mission is to help higher education shape its future. We are member-led, solution orientated, and strive to enhance organisational performance and drive positive change by bringing people together for sector collaboration, being supportive and enabling, working as an enhancement body and being a critical friend.

Your challenges are our priorities. 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.

Our solutions are informed by our extensive experience and are tailored to serve your exact requirements, ranging from institutional level interventions to specific programmes. Our consultancy services enhance higher education (HE) institutions and further education (FE) colleges globally, as well as supporting sector agencies,
ministries and other organisations working in HE.

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Our areas of work

Student success

It is paramount that institutions develop the structures, procedures and approaches to place the student at the centre of all activity. With increased regulation, and the TEF mandatory in England, institutions need to demonstrate their commitment to the student through tangible data-driven measures, as well as to remain competitive. Institutions must balance priorities such as mainstreaming innovative teaching, ensuring student engagement and retention with the aim of maximising the experiences and outcomes for all students.
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Reframing organisations, strategy and culture

When faced with uncertainty we recognise that it is important leaders feel confident to lead with agility and plan to implement change effectively. Our support encourages institutions to examine and reframe their organisational cultures to enable performance through staff expertise, supporting student success and aligning to shared strategies and goals. We support you to foster an environment enabling productive, committed teams and individuals to thrive. We support you in the development of a strategic framework which is both stretching and adaptive, and having the mechanisms to realise your strategy.
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Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

EDI presents complex challenges for the HE sector due to the importance of diverse perspectives across organisations for decision-making, fair representation, closing attainment gaps, mitigating unconscious bias, recruitment and retention, and the regulatory landscape access and participation plans.

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We are at the forefront of providing support to boards, governors and staff such as clerks and secretaries to improve governance effectiveness. All institutions need high performing boards that are equipped to determine the strategic course of the organisation. The effectiveness of a board depends on strong foundations, exhibiting the right behaviours, high quality information, sound processes and skilled governance professionals.
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Why choose Advance HE?

We are sector owned, and higher education is our world. Advance HE aims to deliver lasting value by providing expertise and evidence-based insight, helping to build capacity and capability to improve performance for organisations, teams and individuals and tailored solutions that meet the priorities of our members and the wider sector. We will:

  • work with you in partnership based on shared values and co-creation
  • provide you with end-to-end support to manage your major institutional challenges and goals
  • share our unique national and international insights into developing practice and adopted solutions from within and beyond the sector
  • deliver sustainable solutions tailored to your needs.

EDI is a freshly invigorated area for our institution and this review has been so valuable as it will enable us to refocus our intuitive approach using evidenced based lenses. We’re really looking forward to making differences where our staff tell us they will have the most impact.”

Vicky Bosward Senior HR Business Partner, Edge Hill University.

Our approach

The delivery of our consultancy and enhancement service follows a four-step process, designed to implement a cycle of continuous improvement.

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We start by benchmarking your performance via our range of diagnostic tools. This can be done face-to-face and/or online.

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To build a programme for success, a project plan will be created based on objectives, resource and time, and includes monitoring and evaluation methods.

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In order to make change happen, the skills and knowledge we deliver are designed to help you embed your priorities to create sustainable change.

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Measuring your success will be carried out by an end of project evaluation to help you determine the impact of the project and agree the next steps following project completion, ensuring your key deliverables are met in order to implement change.

Student surveys

Student surveys from Advance HE (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey - PRES, Postgraduate Research Experience Survey - PRES and the UK Engagement Survey - UKES) have engaged with more than 170,000 students over the last two years. As an Advance HE member your institution can benefit from the discounted (reduced to just £2,500) data and insights from these to:

  • understand and enhance the student academic experience and student engagement at course, faculty and institution-wide levels
  • benchmark performance year-on-year within your institution and ranking in comparison to your peers
  • pinpoint where interventions are most needed for student success in your priority areas, including assessment and feedback, employability and student retention.
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Fellowship support services

Advance HE has a number of services which help promote Fellowship and support your staff through their applications. 

Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

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