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Induction to Higher Education Governance for new Governors

This one-day event provides an opportunity for new Governors to come together to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the governing body.

This event provides an opportunity for new governors to come together to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the governing body.

Participants will consider:

  • the policy landscape
  • the student experience
  • the delineation between governance and management
  • higher education regulation
  • how best to hit the ground running as an effective governor. 
Booking Information

Next induction: 4 May 2022

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10am - Introduction - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

10.15am - Policy landscape

11am - Students' experience

11.45am - Break

12pm - Governance in HE - Aaron Porter

12.30pm - Topical session - Understanding HE regulation

1pm - Break

1.15pm - Governor panel discussion

2pm - Event summary and close    

Governor Induction programme endorsement from Deborah Streatfield
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Past speakers

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.

Victoria Holbrook

Assistant Director, Governance
Advance HE
Victoria Holbrook
Victoria joined Advance HE in February 2019 from the Office for Students and after 11 years at its predecessor the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). As Assistant Director, Governance she leads the development and delivery of Advance HE’s approach and work to support good governance to ensure it meets the needs of its members and clients in their rapidly evolving operating environments.

Diana Beech

Chief Executive Officer
London Higher
Diana is an established higher education policy professional, currently working as CEO of London Higher - the umbrella organisation representing 40 London universities and higher education colleges.

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson

Associate Professor of Education, Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS)
Imperial College London
Dr Camille Kandiko Howson
Camille is an international expert in higher education research with a focus on student engagement; student outcomes and learning gain; and quality, performance and accountability.

Alison Allden

Advance HE
Alison Allden
Since retiring as Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Alison has developed a non-executive portfolio and consultancy career. She is currently Deputy Chair of Regents University London Ltd and on the Board of Study Group UK. She is also a member of the Bar Standards Board responsible for the regulation of barristers.

Alex Bols

Deputy Chief Executive
Alex is Deputy Chief Executive at GuildHE and doing his Doctor of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education. He previously worked at NUS, UUK and the 1994 Group.
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Rachel Hewitt HEPI

Three key lessons for new governors

Rachel Hewitt, HEPI’s Director of Policy and Advocacy, advises new governors on how to navigate the policy environment
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"I'm new to the sector so it was a great introduction to the differences and similarities in governance"

Beverly Shears, Independent governor, De Montfort University