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GDP: Understanding and Assuring Academic Outcomes and the Student Experience

Enabling governing bodies to actively seek assurance and ensure that academic governance is robust and effective.


This event addresses the crucial role of the governing body in providing assurance on academic governance and the student experience. As governing bodies navigate these areas, it is not uncommon for them to lack confidence, especially in light of significant changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, which have further complicated the assessment of institutional performance.

This event draws on the insights gained from Advance HE's extensive work with its members. It offers a valuable opportunity for governance professionals to hear from experts in teaching and learning, students, and experienced peers. Together, we will delve into recent educational developments, regulatory requirements, and their implications for boards and governing bodies.

Chairs, Governors, and governance staff will have the chance to network, share their experiences, and gain fresh perspectives on the governing body's role in academic governance, overseeing the student experience, and establishing effective and robust assurance mechanisms.

This a one-day standalone event.

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Event date: 26 June 2024

Location: Virtual


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Who is this event for?

This event is designed for both new and experienced chairs and governors and will give governance professionals, board members and independent governors from outside the sector a greater understanding of academic governance and the student experience.


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09:30am   Welcome & Introductions - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

09:50am   Overview of Higher Education Policy - Diana Beech, CEO, London Higher

10:30am   The Role of the Board in Oversight of Quality and Standards - Dan Tinkler, Governance Development Manager, Advance HE

11:00am   Break

11:15am   Understanding the Student Voice - Jonathan Neves, Head of Business Intelligence and Surveys, Advance HE

11:45am   The Student Voice on Academic Assurance - Charlotte Baker, Students' Union President, University of Winchester 

12:05pm   Breakout Discussions

12:30pm   Close


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.

Diana Beech

Chief Executive Officer
London Higher
Diana Beech
As CEO of London Higher, Diana is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction of the organisation and being a voice for London’s universities and higher education colleges.

Diana has previously worked in government as a policy adviser to three Ministers of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. Prior to this she was the first Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

You can find her on Twitter at @dianabeech

Dan Tinkler

Governance Development Manager
Advance HE
Dan Tinkler
Dan joined Advance HE in January 2020 and has been in the post of Governance Development Manager since October 2021. Dan works on developing our approach to supporting Advance HE’s member needs across our governance portfolio of work.

Jonathan Neves

Head of Business Intelligence & Surveys
Advance HE
Jonathan joined Advance HE in 2015, bringing with him 16 years’ experience in customer insight and market research. Jonathan graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Geography, and is a full member of the Market Research Society. Heading up the insights and student surveys portfolio at Advance HE, Jonathan is co-author of the Advance HE-HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey report, and is responsible for the overall strategy for the UK Engagement Survey as well as the Postgraduate Taught and Research Experience Surveys (PTES and PRES). Jonathan has also worked across the sector collaborating on the use of the UK Engagement Survey within Learning Gain pilots.



This event will be delivered virtually through Zoom, with joining instructions sent out by the governance team two weeks before the day of the event.

Along with the joining instructions and links delegates will receive a copy of the programme, with finalised timings, topics, and speakers.

The event will be delivered as a series of presentations, discussions and panels, with time after each for questions and comments.

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact the Programmes and Events Team at:


Student voices video

Self-filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic, in this short video first and second year students talk about their higher education experiences and describe the challenges they face, what they enjoy and what they would change.

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