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GDP Student Governor

Providing guidance and networking opportunities for new and returning student governors

Day 2 structure

This event allows student governors to reflect on their year to date, provide further skills development and network mapping as well as preparing them for their end of year handover.

The event will build on the day one event in September and provide participants with a space to reflect and share their experience as well as look forward to how they can maximise their impact in the second half of the year.

For returning Student Governors there is a dedicated strand of activity and content with a chance to reflect on the experiences of the previous year with expert facilitation and advice to maximise your contribution in your second year.

By the end of the event, student governors will have:

  • shared reflections on the year to date;
  • formed action plans on how to develop skills further;
  • explored network mapping (considering which relationships have been developed so far and which can be developed further);
  • considered transition and handover;
  • considered implications of the changing policy landscape.

Student Governor 2:
25 January 2023
Booking information


09.30am   Welcome, intros & breakout, Aaron Porter, Advance HE

09:50am   What is going on in HE policy, Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe

10:45am   OfS and student engagement, Ben Hunt, OfS

11:05am   Break

11:20am   Panel - How to judge institutional performance, Amatey Doku, Nous Group and Victoria Bennett Salvador, Birmingham City University

11:55am   Think (speak and act) like a governor

12:30pm   Break

12:40pm   Q&A - How do governors make a difference on the Board? Mary Stuart, Minerva

13:10pm   Breakout - Reflections on being a student governor & objectives for next 6 months

13:40pm   Feedback from breakout

14:00pm   Close

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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.

Jim Dickinson

Associate Editor
Jim Dickinson
Jim Dickinson is an Associate Editor at Wonkhe where he takes a particular interest in students, governance and higher education regulation and leads on work with students’ unions.

Ben Hunt

Student Engagement Manager
Office for Students (OfS)
Ben Hunt
Ben is Student Engagement Manager at the Office for Students and leads their approach to student engagement. Ben has held substantive roles across the OfS, including leading stakeholder engagement for the review of the National Student Survey and coordinating the engagement approach for Discover Uni, a pan-UK advice, and guidance service for higher education applicants. Prior to joining the OfS Ben worked on the formation of the social responsibility strategy at King’s College London.

Christie Jones

Student Engagement Officer
Office for Students (OfS)
Christie Jones
Christie is a Student Engagement Officer at the Office for Students, where she coordinates the OfS student panel and helps implement the organizations wider student engagement strategy. Prior to joining the OfS Christie worked in global recruitment and partnerships at Royal Roads University in Canada, and in several non-profits focused on community development.
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