The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the HEI’s ability to deliver learning and teaching will increase attention on academic governance and assurance and its role in navigating the transformations needed for years to come.
Drawing upon our extensive pool of governance experts we work with you to review academic governance provision. Our approach is based on our Framework for Academic Governance and covers areas such as; the maintenance of academic standards, defining and monitoring academic quality and continuous improvement in quality of provision.
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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
Reviewing Academic Governance in HE: a framework
Our approach to our Academic Governance Reviews is based on our framework ‘Reviewing Academic Governance in HE’. This framework sets out some key factors for the consideration of academic governance effectiveness and is intended as a tool to support higher education institutions and further education colleges delivering higher education in their own effectiveness reviews. It draws on work by Advance HE and the Committee of University Chairs (CUC).
The framework has been developed to guide managers and governing bodies as they seek to review the effectiveness of academic governance. Members of governing bodies in all higher education providers need to have confidence in academic governance given that they now have a specific duty to provide academic assurance – an assurance that requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.
Why Advance HE
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.
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 were recommissioned to undertake a new project for HEFCE to recommend baseline arrangements of academic governance for alternative providers in England.