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Teaching and Learning Conference 2021

Diversifying leadership

Representation at the highest levels of institutions remains a challenge for ethnic minorities, women and other disadvantaged groups.

Underrepresentation across minority groups and women remains an issue within the sector. There is also documented evidence of the poor experiences of many of these staff within leadership roles. We promote and help develop diverse cohorts of emerging leaders by exploring themes of power and influence, demystifying leadership, cultural identity and cultural capital, increasing visibility and authentic leadership and featuring leadership stories from high-profile HE leaders.

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Leaders have different stories and the programme served as a rich interactive milieu for these beautiful female leaders to share their stories and take the others through their career journey. I believe that the marriage between being driven by the love of learning and the passion for change, having values such as benevolence and the love of knowledge transfer, and having personality traits such as creativity and emotional intelligence can create exceptional female leaders.”

Dr Diana A.Karim Aljahromi, Director of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership, University of Bahrain

Promoting the advancement of women leaders

We are champions of gender equality across the globe. We have delivered a number of development programmes aimed at advancing women into leadership roles within institutions. Many of these initiatives are modelled on the Aurora programme, our leadership development initiative for women which has a highly-successful track record in the UK and Ireland, with more than 8,000 women taking part from nearly 200 institutions.

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Developing minority ethnic leaders of the future

There is clear underrepresentation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME) leaders in institutions in the UK at all levels, but particularly at senior levels. Inequalities are also evident across the globe for minority ethnic communities in their respective countries. Advance HE works to promote diversity at senior management levels across all ethnicities. Modelling programmes such as our Diversifying Leadership programme and Aurora, we work with institutions in developing their future leaders, introducing what it means to be a leader and effective good practices to use within current and future roles.

I have been impressed by this group of women who have taken up the fight of moving forward the women in science agenda from behind, and in front of, the scenes whose effort has allowed us to carry out this first step in the mentoring programme in Peru.”

Adriana Delgado, Education and Society Manager, British Council Peru

Developing leaders through Advance HE programmes and events

Using diverse and immersive experiential learning techniques our portfolio provides its participants with the opportunity to enhance their skills and become authentic leaders, delivered by facilitators from inside and outside HE with a deep and enduring knowledge of its wonders and challenges.

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Reports and publications

With over 15 years of resources to access and as convener of current thinking, knowledge and insight into the key sector opportunities and challenges, Advance HE exists to help higher education shape its future.

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