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Effective Governance

Advance HE is committed to producing and sharing news, guidance, research, publications, resources and toolkits to support good governance.

Advance HE uses expertise in governance to support and convene governing bodies throughout higher education, aiding with board effectiveness, governor development, strategic sessions and wider support for the governance community. 

In partnership with experts from the sector, we produce a range of materials, collate helpful information and provide tailored services to ensure that Governors and Governance Professionals have everything they need to promote good governance in their institutions.

Introduction to governance

Codes of Governance

There are two specific codes of governance applying to the UK higher education sector. The Higher Education Code of Governance (the 'CUC Code') and the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.
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Governing Bodies

The composition of a governing body, the role of committees and effectiveness, as well as the detailed work of the individual committees, is discussed.
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Getting into Governance

An introduction for those just starting out in governance, providing an overview, briefing notes and additional resources on becoming a Governor, what governance means, and the responsibilities of a Governor.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Governance and EDI

As a governor, your responsibilities are to provide oversight of the institution’s direction and performance and seek assurance that agreed policies are being successfully implemented and the institution complies with the legal and regulatory requirements placed on it. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is integral to both of these responsibilities.
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Board Diversification

The Board Diversification Project, commissioned by HEFCE, HEFCW and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, is designed to support greater diversity within higher education boards and those applying for board roles, whether in higher education or outside of the sector. The project brings together a series of related, practical initiatives to support the sector to increase diversity within higher education boards.
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Good Governance

Governing Body Effectiveness

Find out more about our resources for use in reviewing the effectiveness of governing bodies. Including Advance HE's updated framework for supporting governing body effectiveness reviews in higher education. It sets out the key factors for consideration of higher education governing body effectiveness and offers a tool to support our members as they conduct their effectiveness reviews.
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Academic governance and operating context

Academic Governance

The essential requirement for a successful set of arrangements is the development of a culture within the leadership team of openness, trust and respect, culture sits at the heart of our six enablers for academic governance and assurance.
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Operating context

The aspects of the operating context for higher education providers are considered, including: legal requirements and regulation, ethics and values, and competitive pressures
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