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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.

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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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The agenda for this conference is still being drafted and will be released in good time before the event.

While the sessions for this event are not yet confirmed the day is likely to run from 09:30 to 13:00.



Speakers and presenter for the event are being approached and will include University and Students’ Union leaders, along with academics and quality and assurance experts.

We aim to confirm and publish the details of speakers as soon as possible and will continuously update this page in the run up to the event.


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:

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