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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information and advice.

Along with the rest of the sector, Advance HE is adjusting to the challenging times in which we all find ourselves. We are determined to support our members by delivering as much as possible online and maintaining the best possible, flexible service. Our staff are well-versed and rehearsed in working remotely and our IT systems robust.

We have outlined below an update to our services.

We will be keeping this updated regularly with as many details as possible and will also be contacting members and individuals through our routine schedule of newsletters and emails.

Should you have any questions please get in touch with your regular Advance HE contact.

Alternatively you can email us using the address below.

enquiries@advance-he.ac.uk

Programmes and Events

We are seeking to maintain as much of our programmes and events activity as possible in the coming months. Where we are able to we will be moving delivery of our programmes and events online, if that is not possible we will aim to reschedule as much as we can rather than cancel events and we will publish relevant content on our website. We hope to maintain ongoing engagement with our members during this uncertain time.

For information  and updates about future delivery arrangements please check the webpages of the individual programmes/events.

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Advance HE Membership Services

We are committed that the services you have access to through your Advance HE membership continues to be a source of support and contributes to your future success.

Upcoming Member Events (England and Northern Ireland)

  • The Athena SWAN Networking Events scheduled for 24 March, 25 March, and 1 April will now be replaced by a virtual event (date to be confirmed)
  • The Race Equality Charter Networking (North) Event scheduled for 1 July (along with the as yet unscheduled South event) will be replaced by a virtual event (date to be confirmed)
  • The Athena SWAN Enhancing Practice event scheduled for 14 May will be reconfigured to support virtual participation and will still run on 14 May.
  • The REC Enhancing Practice event scheduled for 28 May will be reconfigured to support virtual participation and will still run on 28 May.
  • The Senior Fellowship Standardisation event scheduled for 19 March 2020 at UCL will now be delivered online and will still run on the 19 March.
  • Two Principal Fellowship Standardisation events scheduled for 24 March at University of Exeter and 22 April at University of Edinburgh will now be delivered online and will run on the days planned.

If you have any questions about these changes please contact memberships@advance-he.ac.uk

Upcoming Member Events (Wales)

  • ​​​The project meeting for the Wales Higher Education Wellbeing Initiative (WHEWI) on 1st April will be postponed, with elements delivered online and via 1:1 engagement. 
  • Plans are in place to move Welsh member networks to be held remotely and with conversations supported online via Advance HE Connect. This includes upcoming Welsh Institutional Group (WIG) and EDI network meetings scheduled for 13 and 14 May, respectively, as well as the Organisational and Staff Development (OSD) network on 19 May.

If you have any queries relating to member events in Wales please contact Wales@advance-he.ac.uk

Upcoming Member Events (Scotland)

  • The Getting to Grips with Principal Fellowship event on 24 March will be postponed and delivered online after the Easter break (final date to be confirmed)
  • Module three of the Scottish Academic Leadership Programme, scheduled for the 26 March, will be postponed, allowing it and subsequent modules to be delivered virtually later this year.
  • The face to face Connect Event for Members on leadership scheduled for 28 May in Edinburgh may have to be replaced with an online event. This continues to be under review.

If you have any queries relating to member events in Scotland please contact Scotland@advance-he.ac.uk

Advance HE Connect and Community Support for Members

  • Advance HE Connect will continue to be the home of communities of practice and networks of staff within member institutions across the globe. There are now 164 groups across this platform supporting people to share challenges and solutions across a broad spectrum of professional and academic specialisms.
  • We will support emerging priorities such as online assessment, supporting staff and student wellbeing at a distance and leading in times of crisis through Advance HE Connect in the first instance.
  • We are conscious that many people will be working with online learning and assessment and want to offer as much support as possible. Our Learning and Teaching Network is our hub for this and we will be posting resources and be available to answer questions or host discussions. In the resource area we have started a file with online resources which might be useful to you and others. If you would like to post anything please do so on the live feed and use the tags to help the content to be searchable.
  • The Advance HE Connect ‘Facing the Future’ and ‘Global Perspectives’ webinar series will continue as planned
  • The Advance HE Connect Series Face to Face Event on 30 April titled ‘Culture – the key to good governance’ will move to an online event and will be delivered on the 30 April as planned.

Athena SWAN UK April Submission Round

The deadline for the April 2020 Athena SWAN UK assessment round is 30 April 2020 (or 20 May 2020 for universities taking part in the latest round of UCU strike action).

We appreciate that most institutions are in the final stages of preparing to submit and many will have applications that they wish to proceed with. We will continue the service to those institutions and departments that wish to apply on the original timeline.

However, we recognise that there are significant pressures on institutions and their leadership teams at this current time and we will offer institutions and departments who were intending to submit in April 2020 the opportunity to have existing awards extended to November 2020. Applications originally intended to be submitted in April will be accepted in the November 2020 round with no requirement to update data or narrative beyond what was prepared for the April 2020 submission.

A member of the Advance HE Charters team will contact all institutions and departments who have confirmed their intention to submit in April 2020 to ascertain how they would like to proceed.

If you have any questions about this approach please contact Athena.swan@advance-he.ac.uk

REC July 2020 Submission Round

The deadline for the July 2020 Race Equality Charter (REC) assessment round is 23 July 2020.

We appreciate that many institutions planning to submit in the July round are in the late stages of preparation and will wish to proceed with their applications. We will continue the service to those institutions on the original timeline.

However, we recognise that there are significant pressures on institutions and their leadership teams at this current time and we will offer institutions who were intending to submit an REC application in the July 2020 round the opportunity to have existing awards extended to February 2021.

If you have any questions about this approach please contact racecharter@advance-he.ac.uk

Teaching Excellence Awards Submission Deadlines

The deadline for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is 12:00, Wednesday 18 March 2020 and for the Collaborative Awards in Teaching Excellence (CATE) is Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Due to the number of nominations already received for NTFS and the proximity to the deadline, the timeline for NTFS applications remains unchanged. The formal deadline for CATE applications also remains unchanged; we are happy to accept CATE nominations without the required team photograph at this stage.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about this approach or would like to discuss an application by contacting NTFS@advance-he.ac.uk or CATE@advance-he.ac.uk.

UKPSF Accreditation March Submission Round

The deadline for institutions submitting for UKPSF accreditation in this round is 31 March. Through Advance HE’s developmental review process and our discussions with institutions we are aware that most institutions are in the final stages of preparing to submit and so we do not plan to change this deadline. If there are institutions who feel this may be problematic for them, we will work flexibly to agree timelines that work in the current circumstances.

If you have any questions about this approach or would like to discuss your institution’s timeline please contact accreditation@advance-he.ac.uk.

 

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Surveys

PTES, PRES and UKES are still going ahead this year. The full fieldwork period began in early February and many institutions have already begun their surveys. At the moment there are no plans to extend the periods, which already run as far as mid-May for PRES and mid-June for UKES and PTES. Our windows are flexible – institutions, can start, stop and pause the survey as they require. Closing on this date will allow us to provide results by the end of the academic year as planned.

However if you feel that, for example, extending the survey periods into the summer could help students have a better opportunity to take part, please contact Surveys@advance-he.ac.uk. If there is widespread agreement to this, we will consider this.

We have developed an FAQs document to support participating institutions over this period. You can access the FAQs here.

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Members in The Republic of Ireland

We have a dedicated page for our services in the Republic of Ireland, including updates to Athena SWAN Ireland.

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International members

We have a dedicated page for our international services. Please click the link below. 

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