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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: 13 October 2021

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Programme

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

10.15am    - Policy landscape - Diana Beech, Chief Executive Officer, London Higher

11am - Students' experience - Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, Associate Professor of Education, Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS), Imperial College London

11.45am - Break

12pm - Governance in HE (size of GBs, survey results) - Aaron Porter

12.30pm - Topical session - Understanding HE regulation - Victoria Holbrook, Assistant Director, Governance, Advance HE

1pm - Break

1.15pm - Panel of governors - Alex Bols, Deputy Chief Executive, GuildHE; Alison Allden, OBE, Associate, Advance HE; Victoria Holbrook

2pm - Event summary and close    

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Speakers

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
,
Advance HE
AP
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
Dr-Diana-Beech
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

Associate
,
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
,
GuildHE
AB
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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