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Advance HE Membership

Designed to enable institutional, staff and student success, membership of Advance HE gives you access to world-leading services which will support you in helping you shape your future in today’s highly competitive HE market.

COVID-19 update

We are continually monitoring the situation in light of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Full information on updates to member benefits can be found below. 

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Choice + Value

From our extensive consultation with you we have identified that the focus of our work should be on providing insight and foresight, accrediting and celebrating success, developing and connecting people, and enhancing organisational performance. In doing this we will build on work in the areas of excellence in education, transformative leadership, equality and inclusion and effective governance.

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Our 2019 - 20 members

A full list of 2019 - 20 members.

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Advance HE Member 2019-20

Providing Choice

We have redesigned our membership to provide greater choice, so you can create the package that works best for your institution. Maintaining and enhancing the frameworks and charters that underpin our accreditation services - such as the Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning (UKPSF) and the equality charters – requires collective investment and benefits the whole sector.

We recognise that not all members are in a position to use all of these services, so our new membership model allows you to choose only the accreditation services that you engage with.

Providing Value

We understand it is essential that our new membership supports you to deliver your institutional strategies. We will continue to do this through providing the services and support you have told us that you value, such as working with you to deliver transformational leadership and helping you improve performance through building capacity and capability to implement sustainable change, as well as helping you implement effective governance in a world of new regulation. In addition to this, our membership now offers further new value:

+ Strategic Advisory Groups will consider the major challenges facing our members and will outline how Advance HE should respond, ensuring our services truly meet the needs of our members.
+ We will work with you to agree a programme of national priorities for each UK nation and will develop new knowledge and publications in response to these.
+ Accreditation packages now include visits, webinars and guidance to support successful applications.
+ Engaging members in developing new insight through Good Practice Grants.
+ We will use our convening power to connect people to develop solutions in education, equality, leadership and governance to drive synergies and optimise output and impact
+ We have launched Advance HE Connect – a new networking platform to connect staff at all our member organisations so they can share and collaborate.
+ Through systematically evaluating the impact of our work, we evidence ‘what works’ so you can benefit from accessing best practice support and services.

Creating your membership package

Advance HE Membership works to provide choice and value for a shared purpose, making higher education better for everyone. Choose how your institution accesses our membership; accesses our range of curated knowledge, research and guidance; participates in our facilitated networks and awards; and benefits from our discounted development  and enhancement services.

Your Advance HE Membership includes:

Connecting People

Advance HE Connect

Access for all institutional staff to Advance HE Connect, the online global community platform for individuals, groups and communities in higher education.
Advance HE Connect

Convene and Participate

Opportunities to convene and participate in subject-focused and thematic networks and communities of practice.

Networking Events

Regional member-only networking events to explore what works and share good practice.

Teaching Excellence Awards

Access to the Teaching Excellence Awards (NTFS and CATE).
Teaching Excellence Awards

Connect Event Series

As part of this enhanced range of member benefits for the 2019-20 membership year we launched our ‘Connect Event Series’ of webinars and face-to-face events, open to all those who work for an Advance HE member institution.
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Foresight and Insight


With over 15 years of resources to access and as convener of current thinking, knowledge and insight into the key sector opportunities and challenges, Advance HE exists to help higher education shape its future. We offer expertise in the areas of excellence in education, transformative leadership, equality and inclusion and effective governance.


Equality Support

Support from Advance HE’s equality specialists via a dedicated referral service plus access to equality reports and publications e.g. the Equality Statistics reports.

Good Practice Grant Funding

The opportunity to bid for Good Practice Grant funding engaging our community in developing new insight.
Good Practice Grants

New Resources and Online Programmes

Access to online programmes, toolkits and webinars designed to expand and share best practice, developed through Strategic Advisory Groups and a national priorities programme:
+ Research Leaders Toolkit
+ Governance Self-Assessment Toolkit
+ Essentials of Budgeting online course
+ NEW Strategic Finance online course (from Autumn)
+ ‘Facing the Future’ webinars – a focus onpreparing for future challenges (every two months)
+ ‘Global Perspectives’ webinars – a focus on learning from global good practice (every two months)


Member-led Strategic Advisory Groups will ensure that we develop work in the above areas that deliver the most value to your institution. This includes influence over the development of new knowledge and publications, shaped to address local, national priorities and exclusive access to the outcomes of this work.

Over 8,000 Support Resources

Access to over 8,000 legacy support resources plus privileged access to new knowledge and resources, covering teaching and learning; equality, diversity and inclusion; leadership and management; and effective governance.
Support Resources

Dedicated Head of Membership

+ A critical friend with strategic understanding of your context, stakeholders and institutional objectives
+ Supporting you to engage with complex challenges and share good practice between member institutions
+ Ensuring you access the services that best support your institutional objectives and help you prepare for emerging challenges and opportunities.

Accreditation Package Options – choose your focus, recognise your success

You can choose to access your membership through any of Advance HE’s Accreditation routes. Choose one or more of the following institutional package options to support and recognise your success.


Teaching and Learning Accreditation

Supporting professional development and recognition aligned to the UKPSF.
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Athena SWAN Charter

Supporting institutions gender equality goals and recognising advancement in representation, progression and success for all.
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Race Equality Charter (REC)

Supporting institutions race equality goals and recognising advancement in representation, progression and success for all.
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Affiliate Membership

Affiliate Membership of Advance HE gives you access to world-leading services which will support you in helping you shape your future in today’s highly competitive HE market.

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Discounted access to key development and enhancement opportunities

All Advance HE member institutions benefit from:

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COVID-19 update

Upcoming Member Events (England and Northern Ireland)

  • The Athena SWAN Networking Events scheduled for 24 March, 25 March, and 1 April will now be replaced by a virtual event (date tbc)
  • The Race Equality Charter Networking (North) Event scheduled for 1 July (along with the as yet unscheduled South event) will be replaced by a virtual event (date tbc)
  • The Athena SWAN Enhancing Practice event scheduled for 14 May will be reconfigured to support virtual participation and will still run on 14 May.
  • The REC Enhancing Practice event scheduled for 28 May will be reconfigured to support virtual participation and will still run on 28 May.
  • The Senior Fellowship Standardisation event scheduled for 19 March 2020 at UCL will now be delivered online and will still run on the 19 March.
  • Two Principal Fellowship Standardisation events scheduled for 24 March at University of Exeter and 22 April at University of Edinburgh will now be delivered online and will run on the days planned.

If you have any questions about these changes please contact

Upcoming Member Events (Wales)

  • The project meeting for the Wales Higher Education Wellbeing Initiative (WHEWI) on 1st April will be postponed, with elements delivered online and via 1:1 engagement. 
  • Plans are in place to move Welsh member networks to be held remotely and with conversations supported online via Advance HE Connect. This includes upcoming Welsh Institutional Group (WIG) and EDI network meetings scheduled for 13 and 14 May, respectively, as well as the Organisational and Staff Development (OSD) network on 19 May.

If you have any queries relating to member events in Wales please contact

Upcoming Member Events (Scotland)

  • The Getting to Grips with Principal Fellowship event on 24 March will be postponed and delivered online after the Easter break (final date tbc)
  • Module three of the Scottish Academic Leadership Programme, scheduled for the 26 March, will be postponed, allowing it and subsequent modules to be delivered virtually later this year.
  • The face to face Connect Event for Members on leadership scheduled for 28 May in Edinburgh may have to be replaced with an online event. This continues to be under review.

If you have any queries relating to member events in Scotland please contact