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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

GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors 1

13 October 2022

Booking information

GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors 2

3 May 2023

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10.00am   Welcome

10.15am   The policy landscape in HE, Alexis Brown

11.00am   Students' experience, Camilla Kanidow

11.45am   Break

12:00pm   Panel of governors, Alex Bols, Alison Allden, Vicky Holbrook

12.40pm   Governance in HE, Aaron Porter

1.00pm   Role of a governor - understanding regulation, Paul Bogle

1.30pm - Close

Governor Induction programme endorsement from Deborah Streatfield
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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.

Alex Bols

Deputy Chief Executive
Alex Bols
Alex is Deputy Chief Executive at GuildHE and doing his Doctor of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education. He observes the QAA and Advance HE Boards and sits on the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment and UUKi International Strategic Advisory Board.

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.

Dr Alexis Brown

Director of Policy and Advocacy
Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
Dr Alexis Brown
Alexis Brown is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Previously, she worked at the Russell Group and UCL, and holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Oxford.
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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