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April and May - Transforming Organisations: from student to board

After a turbulent year with rapid change, organisations need to review their purpose, vision and strategy, consider what gaps have materialised and engage with stakeholders to ensure they are delivering what matters.

For April and May, our Connect Benefit Series theme 'Transforming Organisations: from student to board' will be looking at transforming organisations from the perspective of different stakeholder groups, and consider how our HEI’s can bring about authentic strategic and cultural change.

While we know that HE institutions are in different places strategically, the most common feedback we hear at the moment is the need to review, stress test or re-evaluate the strategy in the light of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Although on the whole HE leaders feel that their purpose remains extant, how the strategy is delivered might need to look and feel very different as the landscape continues to change. Engaging all stakeholders in visioning and owning the transformation required, and making them feel aligned with shared values, aids the holistic realisation of change and delivery of the strategy.

An Advance HE member benefit

The Connect Benefit Series is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. 

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We will be considering three key ingredients in transforming organisations:

  • Co-creation, clarity and shared understanding of the vision
  • Authentic conversations and two-way communication, recognising the centrality of dialogue to support transformation, and
  • Joined up, inclusive and collaborative implementation in which everyone involved feels a part of and takes responsibility for making happen.
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Transformative Conversations

We know that at challenging times emotions are heightened and conversations can become fractious. However, transforming conversations has been an ongoing theme in our culture reviews and leadership development at Advance HE. Having transformative conversations requires personal self-awareness and the ability to create authentic two way conversations and communication.  

We explore this further in our upcoming blog and Reflective Questions Framework (due to be published in April) to help individuals, teams and institutions analyse conversations needs, frame the purpose and understand the context through a series of generative questions.

At a system level, changing the narrative across HE is something that Advance HE has been consistently working on for some time as part of our Integrated Thinking and Reporting initative.

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Holding up a mirror on Transforming organisations from student to board – Media Guide

We will create an artefact for members which will offer reflection on the visioning activity, insights from the other related activities during April and May, and some examples and tips to bring it to life. This will be a resource to help take forward transformation in your own organisation.

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Related programmes and events

Below you will find information on Advance HE programmes and events which relate to the member benefits listed above.

Leadership Summit 2021

Bringing together strategic leaders in HE and expert thought leaders, this summit will provide an engaging environment to explore contemporary challenges and differing perspectives of leadership with peers across the sector.

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GDP: Understanding and assuring academic outcomes and the student experience

We are currently developing an event to take place in June 2021 which will be specifically designed for Chairs and all governors who wish to understand more about how they can assure the quality of education and the student experience appropriately in the light of recent events.

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Strategic Leadership Programme

The programme has been designed as a learning space that confronts and considers issues such as 'systems thinking', complexity, holistic approaches to organisational development, leadership in the face of wicked problems and the containment of organisational and system dynamics.

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Spotlight Series for Senior Strategic Leaders (Series II)

Our second Spotlight Series has been put in place to focus on four core, topical challenge areas: positive engagement, inclusion, conflict and creativity. These half-day, impactful sessions will support senior leaders to reset, re-energise, and rejuvenate as the sector moves into the 'next normal'. 

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Related services to support your institution

Below you will find information on Advance HE consultancy and enhancement services which relate to the member benefits listed above.

Reframing organisations, strategy and culture

Our support encourages institutions to examine and reframe their organisational cultures to enable performance through staff expertise, supporting student success and aligning to shared strategies and goals

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Services for governing bodies

We can provide tailored services to universities, private providers or further education colleges offering HE to ensure that Governors and governance professionals have the resources they need to promote good governance in their institutions.

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Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect our online network that is open to all those who work in HE providing a space where the sector can share, connect and collaborate in one place with 21,000 HE peers from 100 countries around the globe. The platform features special interest groups, events and collaborative projects. 

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