Connect Benefit Series
The Connect Benefit Series is open to all colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. The Series focusses on monthly themes designed to help our members develop resilience, to help institutions adapt to a new way of ‘business as usual’ within the transformed environment.
Each month there will be a suite of multiple benefit outputs including formats such as webinars, blogs/vlogs, Tweet chats, tool kits and guidance documents.
Each month, the Connect Benefit Series focusses on specific themes. The themes and outputs have been specifically designed to help our members to:
- Design sustainable and flexible educational programmes that enable student success under varying degrees of social distancing requirements
- Strengthen the leadership and governance capacity to support effective strategic development and the successful management of transformation
- Mitigate the impact on equalities of the current crisis and continue to enhance the inclusivity of higher education in a rapidly changing environment.
Details on the monthly themes covered over the 2020-21 benefit year can be found below.
October: Diversity and inclusion – the critical governance role
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
November: Exceptional student retention
November's Connect Benefit Series will explore how student retention practices are adapting and changing to meet the needs of this exceptional cohort.
December - Engaging learners: Any time? Any place? Anyhow?
We will explore a variety of pedagogic approaches required for quality inclusive and equitable higher education. Under this theme we will explore practical solutions to promote active learning and engagement for all students - whether online or face-to-face and ways in which teaching teams and their leadership can be supported.
January- Re-thinking delivery models for quality higher education for all
January’s Connect Benefit Series theme will look at the key issues of quality, flexibility and accessibility from the perspectives of the HEI and the student to understand the tensions around what is best for student success and how HEIs can meet changing needs of society and employer and what is best for the sustainability of the institution.
February - How has Covid-19 impacted on gender equality in HE?
March - Sustainability for everyone: here and now
April and May - Transforming Organisations: from student to board
June - The future of the student voice? Policy, principles, practice.
July - Celebrating success and addressing challenges in assessment
A brilliant webinar with the leading experts across three continents and multiple time-zones has enabled me to stay abreast of the latest developments in the field globally, all from the comfort of my desk!”
Pavel Ovseiko Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and Management, University of Oxford.
Advance HE Connect Member Benefits Group
If you are unable to attend an event or join a webinar, you can still join the discussion in the Advance HE Member Benefits group on Advance HE Connect, our online network exclusively for higher education. Share, connect and collaborate with your over 22,000 HE peers around the world. All webinars in the series are also recorded and available to view in the group.
Previous webinars in 2020-21
Below are the webinars which have taken place during the 2020-21 academic year:
Developing Sustainable Resilience in Higher Education
‘On Your Marks’: Vignette Presentations on Learner-Focused Feedback Practices and Feedback Literacy
Advance HE Connect and Community Support for Members
- Advance HE Connect will continue to be the home of communities of practice and networks of staff within member institutions across the globe. There are now 164 groups across this platform supporting people to share challenges and solutions across a broad spectrum of professional and academic specialisms.
- We will support emerging priorities such as online assessment, supporting staff and student wellbeing at a distance and leading in times of crisis through Advance HE Connect in the first instance.
- The Advance HE Connect ‘Facing the Future’ and ‘Global Perspectives’ webinar series will continue as planned
Covid-19 response webinars
Our Covid-19 response webinars are designed to provide support and guidance as the HE sector adapts to the new 'normal' during the current climate.
Recordings from all webinars in the Covid-19 series are available to watch in the Advance HE Connect member benefits group.