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Governance Conference 2018: Highlights

Evolution or fundamental change to governance? Was the second national conference for governors of HEIs and members of the professional support teams who work with governors. It offered a forum to enable governors, professional support staff and policy-makers to share and discuss key and emerging areas of governance.


Participants heard from a selection of national speakers on key areas of change affecting the workings of higher education and governance of institutions. During the event participants could attend workshops on specific areas of change. The conference also provided the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of Chairs, governors and senior staff from different institutions throughout the UK.

Aims and Objectives

The importance of good governance in recent years for higher education has ratcheted up the agenda. More volatile market conditions and new regulation have placed additional responsibilities on our governors and governing bodies.

The event explored the impact on governance in the UK higher education sector, of recent, and proposed changes to regulation, including the recent launch of the Office for Students. The event also explored a number of other key sector challenges.

The event explored:     

  • The impact on the higher education sector of the launch of the Office for Students (OfS)
  • The changing landscape and regulation of higher education: How will this affect institutional governance?
  • A number of topical issues through specific workshops

Keynote Speakers

Martin Coleman, Deputy Chair, Office for Students Board

Martin set his view on what governing bodies can expect from the Office for Students. 

Janet Legrand QC (Hons), Partner, DLA Piper

Janet examined to what extent governance in higher education is experiencing evolutionary or fundamental change. 

Chris Sayers, Chair, Northumbria University, Chair, CUC and member of Advance HE board

Chris also examined to what extent governance in higher education is experiencing evolutionary or fundamental change.