Supporting tailored improvements in HE governance
Whether you subscribe to the HE Code of Governance by CUC, the corporate governance Code or another; whether you are regulated by the Office for Students in England or operate under another system, we work with you to evaluate the effectiveness of your governance in context and offer wider support and development.
We can provide tailored services to universities, private providers or further education colleges offering HE to ensure that Governors and governance professionals have the resources they need to promote good governance in their institutions. Our consultants offer a range of expertise in the delivery of these sensitive and important reviews from a range of settings.
We recognise the diversity of the sector by making sure our reviews are customised to the characteristics and context of each institution whether you are in the UK, Ireland or further afield – so reviews can range from facilitated workshops to a full data-driven comparative exercise delivered on location or remotely to suit your requirements.
An example of this is the specific approach we developed to fulfil the requirement of the Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s colleges to have externally-facilitated effectiveness reviews.
Supporting good governance
We support good governance through a range of consultancy services including Governance Effectiveness Reviews and Benchmarking, Board Away Days, Bespoke support and Academic Governance Reviews. We do this by:
- improving understanding of the latest governance developments
- developing effective culture in Boards and supporting diversity
- facilitating the sharing of practice
- upskilling and professionalising support with a focus on behaviours as well as process
- providing benchmarked, independent challenge and advice, and other bespoke support
- drawing on expertise from both within and beyond the HE sector providing practical, policy informed, nuanced recommendations for enhancement.
Our approach to governance effectiveness reviews follows a framework published in 2017 and ensures a holistic review aligned to CUC code. We recognise the diversity of the sector by making sure we customise our services to meet the characteristics and context of each institution - so support can range from facilitated workshops to a full data-driven comparative exercise.
Advance HE has developed a range of support to aid with board effectiveness, governor development, strategy and away days and wider support for the governance community.
Meet our governance experts and consultants
To help us form and deliver our support our governance experts and consultants are vital. Click below to find the profiles of the people who work on our governance portfolio.
We have worked with a number of institutions to support good governance in their contexts. Read the outcomes from our work in Aberystwyth University
“We were impressed by the ability of the team to work with us to achieve desired outcomes.”
Senior executive, research intensive university, Scotland