The Quality of Board Decision Making Processes in Higher Education Institutions: UK and European Experiences
This report examines factors affecting the quality of decision-making in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK and in selected EU countries. Specifically, we investigated awareness of the impact of heuristics (mental shortcuts that act as decision aids) and cognitive biases on judgement, and whether boards regularly adopt active processes to mitigate bias in reviewing or approving plans set out by university management.
Published: 19 February 2018
Governance and risk disclosure practices in UK higher education institutions in an era of austerity and reform
This small development project examined risk management and governance disclosure practices in UK HEIs in a period of increased budget cuts and reforms (2009 to 2014), with the aim of identifying, developing and disseminating ‘best practice’ across the sector.
Published: 5 May 2018
Best practice guide
Published: 5 May 2018
Creating value from open data
The “Creating value from open data” project set out to bring universities and sector organisations together to examine how the value of open data to UK higher education institutions could be developed. The key aims were to explore the opportunities, benefits and challenges of open data, develop a demonstrator application and set out a roadmap for further work. Via a series of scoping workshops, potential was recognised for applying open data in areas such as student journey, space management and learning analytics. An open data mashup day brought together university managers, data experts and students to develop ideas for using open data to enhance the student journey and an app to help students to source course books was selected for development in phase two with support from Jisc.
Published 1 March 2016
Governance in a changing environment
We commissioned and published three governance research outputs as part of the Contemporary issues in governance series. The reports are avaliable for download below.
Governance in a changing environment: thought piece
Professor David Greatbatch, Durham University
Published: 1 June 2014
Governance in a changing environment: literature review
Dr Geoffrey Copland
Published: 2 June 2014
The governance of private higher education providers in the UK
John Fielden, CHEMS Consulting
Published: 3 June 2014