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Services for governing bodies

We know that every provider of higher education is different and the requirements upon you will be different as a result.

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.

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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.

"We embarked on the review  because we wanted to refine our  governance in the context of a very  different environment for higher  education. Advance HE’s comprehensive  understanding of the sector, the  challenges facing governing bodies and best practice in the sector, meant that their work was extremely productive and their report insightful.”  University Registrar and Secretary

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.


Governance Effectiveness Reviews

An accepted trait of good governance practice in any sector is to periodically review the effectiveness of that governance in an organisation.
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Governance Effectiveness Benchmarking

We also offer a unique Governance Effectiveness Benchmarking service with our governance effectiveness surveys, which can be undertaken on their own or as part of a fuller review.
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Academic Governance Reviews

Members of governing bodies in all HE providers need to have confidence in their academic governance, especially given their duty to provide academic assurance.
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Board Development Sessions

A Board Development Session, which can be conducted on site or remotely, can provide much needed time and space to develop an institution’s vision, nurture relationships between members and encourage new approaches.
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Scottish Colleges Governance Effectiveness Reviews

Advance HE has developed a specific approach for Scottish colleges to fulfil their requirements.
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Governance Consultancy and Development and Governor Development Programme brochures for 2020-21

Please complete and submit the form to receive your copies of the Advance HE Governance Consultancy and Development and Governor Development Programme brochures for 2020-21.

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