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Services to support good governance

Universities are increasingly complex, global organisations operating in a fast-moving environment. Good governance is a critical component of institutional success.

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 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.

We are embedded in the HE governance policy landscape through our direct
engagement with individual Governors, Chairs and national bodies such as the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), the Committee of Scottish Chairs (CSC).
Association of Heads of Universities Administration (AHUA), Universities UK, Guild HE, Universities Scotland and HEFCW.

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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.

Our services

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.

Case studies

We have worked with a number of institutions to support good governance in their contexts:

“We were impressed by the ability of the team to work with us to achieve desired outcomes.”
Senior executive, research intensive university, Scotland

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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.

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Enquire about our governance support

If you are interested in Advance HE's governance consultancy and enhancement services, please complete the enquiry form below. We will get back to you to discuss your requirements. 

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