We can provide tailored, in-house induction or facilitate development sessions to suit the needs of your board drawing on our extensive work. This might be particularly helpful if you have had a significant number of new appointees or are wanting to develop the board’s collective thinking around a new strategic future for the institution perhaps with a new vice-chancellor or chair, bringing insights from across the HE sector. We are very happy to discuss your requirements and to develop a solution to suit you. Examples recently delivered include:
- group inductions to higher education governance
- understanding HE governance effectiveness and practices
- understanding academic governance and assurance
- understanding and assuring equality, diversity and inclusion
- facilitating a shared understanding of the board’s vision and the institution's strategy
- navigating the regulatory environment and understanding the regulator (e.g. Office for Students).
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If you would like to know more about board development sessions, complete the form below to download the information sheet and one of our team will be in touch to discuss this further with you.
Advance HE facilitated the Board’s development day on the imprecise subject of culture. They provided structure and space (not an easy task) to navigate this nebulous topic. Advance HE was flexible in their approach and use of different media. This work which has led to open and deep discussions across the institution and is now bearing fruit.”
Rashi Jain, University Secretary and General Counsel, Cardiff University
Working with Advance HE to facilitate your board development session will ensure that your institution gets the best possible value from the experience. We can support you with developing the agenda, producing materials and resources for use on the day, and contributing to action planning to drive real change at your institution. We offer sessions that align with the various challenges HE governance faces today. All sessions are tailored to your institution’s context and are aligned to your values and goals.
Some examples of sessions are below:
Understanding academic governance and assurance
Effective academic governance is key to giving students, staff and wider stakeholders confidence in the system, and innovating well. Using our Framework for Academic Governance as a central resource, our sessions can cover areas such as culture; the maintenance of academic standards, defining and monitoring academic quality and continuous improvement in quality of provision.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We often find that board members individually and collectively lack the understanding and confidence to challenge on and assure progress on EDI matters. We can provide an introduction across all protected characteristics, an overview of practices in the sector, and some tailored steps for your institutions to take, working with you in a safe yet developmental way.
Value and integrated thinking and reporting
We can support your institution by providing a tailored board development sessions exploring the board’s understanding of its stakeholders and operating environment.
Why Advance HE?
Advance HE is at the forefront of providing support to boards, individual governors, and staff such as clerks and secretaries to improve governance effectiveness.
With nearly 20 years of experience working with higher education institutions, we build on our unparalleled track record of supporting and developing governors, governance professionals, institutions and systems of governance across the world to support boards to lead successful institutions.
We have an extensive and diverse group of HE governance experts to draw upon who are able to deliver high-quality sessions that stimulate learning and provoke debate and action from your board.
Our Governor Development Programme has had over 3,000 participants since 2015.
Monthly Governance Bulletin
Every month we send out a newsletter that collates the latest news from the month and our most recent resources, including blogs and Advance HE reports. If you’re interested in development opportunities for yourself or your team, the newsletter also highlights upcoming dates for key events and programmes within the Advance HE portfolio.
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