Our membership benefits are built from services our members have continued to enjoy over many years plus new services developed based on your feedback, to ensure greater accessibility and engagement.
Our member benefits are provided under our core themes of:
• equality and inclusion
• transformative leadership
• effective governance
• excellence in education.
Whilst the full scope and range of opportunities available continues to be refined and added to, the features and benefits available currently are listed overleaf. We have clearly identified those which directly relate to our core themes, making it easier to identify how Advance HE is supporting your institution and you in your role.
Covid-19 - Ensuring sustainability and readiness for the new normal
Members-only projects planned for 20-21 will focus on realising the learning from the Covid-19 emergency response and considering how institutions can reshape and redefine themselves in light of the changing world around them.
Advance HE Connect
Share. Connect. Collaborate
Advance HE Connect is an online network exclusively for the HE sector that has facilitated sector-wide engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic, with individual log-ins increasing by 80% since lockdown. Members have been connecting with more than 18,500 users from 100 countries around the globe. This community platform is open to all those who work in HE and provides a space where the sector can share, connect and collaborate in one place.
Connect Benefit Series
Our ‘Connect Benefit Series’ is a ‘what works’ suite of member-only webinars that focus on sharing practice to support your people find solutions to emerging challenges. We work closely with members to ensure these are responsive to current needs, demonstrated by our Covid-19 series. We’ve had over 5,000 people registered on these since lockdown began. All webinars in the series for 20-21 will form part of our major Covid-19 response programme.
Publications and projects
Membership provides institutions with access to a wealth of exclusive reports, publications and resources across key HE themes, and the latest thinking in leadership development, governance, organisation development, education and EDI. Our priority in this next year is to provide our members with key practical, solution-focused toolkits, frameworks, research and resources informed directly from the outcomes of our Covid-19 collaborative projects.
Collaborative Development Fund
Advance HE is dedicated to supporting the development of higher education based on sector needs, and provides funding to our members to help enable this. Previously, funding had been in the form of our Small Development Projects (SDPs), which were launched in 2004 and more recently, our Good Practice Grants.
For the 2020-21 member benefit year, funding will be available to our global membership base in the form of our Collaborative Development Fund, comprising of three generative projects under the themes of education, strategy and culture, and equality, diversity and inclusion in governance. The collaborative projects aim to harness the knowledge, experience and innovative capabilities of our members in order to address current challenges within the HE sector.
Teaching Excellence Awards
At a time when teaching and teachers have to rapidly adapt, it’s important that we continue to celebrate the outstanding contribution to education that our colleagues make. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), now in its 20th year, and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice. Advance HE member institutions benefit from free access to these awards.
Discounted access to key development and enhancement opportunities
All Advance HE member institutions benefit from:
Strategic Advisory Groups
Your member-led Strategic Advisory Groups will continue to ensure that we develop work in the areas that deliver the most value to your institution. This includes influence over the development of new knowledge and publications shaped to respond to your changing need and exclusive access to the outcomes of this work.
Dedicated Advance HE membership contact
Your Head of Membership is a critical friend with strategic understanding of your context, stakeholders and institutional objectives. They will support you to engage with complex challenges and share good practice between member institutions with you and ensure you access the services that best support your institutional objectives and help you prepare for emerging challenges and opportunities.