We know that institutions need to drive diversity and inclusion in all that they do. Governance has a critical role to play in this. Both by modelling diversity and inclusion in the make-up and function of the board, but also through enabling and challenging their institutions to make progress with and for their staff and students.
This project will help those engaging to:
- Understand the state of play and the need for urgent action to diversify boards
- Learn and explore how boards can effectively challenge progress on EDI for staff and students
- Create personal accountability for action.
The project is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. Information on Advance HE membership can be found via the link below.
Diversity of HE Governing Bodies in the UK Report
Using the data collected by HESA/Jisc on the composition of governing bodies in the UK higher education sector, this report will provide analysis and insight into the diversity of governing bodies in the sector. It will put a spotlight on the current diversity of boards, and provide the data to bring to light areas of underrepresentation. This will be an important milestone for the sector to understand the data behind board diversity, in order to put in place measures and develop a culture to increase board diversity.
Reflecting on the 'Diversity of governors in higher education' report
Simonetta Manfredi, Professor in Equality and Diversity Management and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University, reflects on the findings of the 'Diversity of governors in higher education report'.
Chatham House Round Table
Designed to help boards grapple with this vital question, Advance HE’s Victoria Holbrook Assistant Director, Governance, and Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery hosted a Chatham House session exploring how Chairs can support their boards – through the assurance role - to effectively challenge EDI progress in their institutions.
A recording of Gary Loke's presentation from this round table session can be can be viewed here and a full written summary can be found at the link below.
Annual statistical reports on HE students and staff
Advance HE (and before it the Equality Challenge Unit) has published annual statistical reports on HE staff and students since 2005. The student reports detail differences in participation in HE, attainment, continuation and graduate destinations by students’ age, disability status, ethnicity and gender.
Related events, services and resources
Below you will find information on Advance HE services and resources which relate to the member benefits listed above.
Governance Conference 2020 - Transforming Governance for a new normal
2020's digital conference provided a forum to share practice and discuss the key governance issues arising as we face the first full academic year of higher education delivery during a global pandemic which has already created significant change in the way providers operate. Another key focus of the conference focused on how governance enables institutions to move forward embedding inclusivity in all that they do, in order to be truly fit for the future. #GovConf20
Services to support good governance
Universities are increasingly complex, global organisations operating in a fast-moving environment. Good governance is a critical component of institutional success.
We are at the forefront of providing support to boards, governors and staff such as clerks and secretaries to improve governance effectiveness. All institutions need high performing boards equipped to determine the strategic course of the organisation. The effectiveness of a board depends on strong foundations, exhibiting the right behaviours, high quality information, sound processes and skilled governance professionals.
Our services to support good governance include Governance Effectiveness Reviews, Board Away Days and Academic Governance Reviews.
Our good governance resources comprises guidance and research to support good governance in the higher education sector including Governor Dialogues, Getting to Grip Guides, Illustrative Practice Notes and our Governor self-assessment tool.
Visit our EDI resrouces guidance page to further understand the common issues in further and higher education, to design inclusive support services, develop accessible campus environments and make everyone feel welcome at your institution.
Advance HE Connect
Advance HE Connect, our online platform dedicated to HE has two governance groups which provide a forum to share your views and join the conversation, keep up to date with Advance HE’s governance information, programmes, events, and blogs, as well as post any governance job vacancies and events you may be hosting. Advance HE Connect is our online platform exclusively to share, connect and collaborate with your HE peers around the globe.
Join our communications list to stay up to date with our latest governance news. Each month we send out our governance bulletin designed for those leading their institutions. The Bulletin gathers together key governance developments, news and blogs, as well as support including upcoming governance events and useful resources and publications.