Your October Member Benefits
Our Connect Benefit Series runs throughout the membership year, focusing on specific themes each month. The series comprises outputs including webinars, publications and blogs. The series is open to all colleagues at Advance HE member institutions.
October’s theme is entitled ‘Delivering on EDI: 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.
October's Connect Benefit Series 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 Connect Benefit Series 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 - 22 October
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 will be hosting 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.
Collaborative Development Fund
Advance HE is dedicated to supporting the development of our members based on sector needs, and provides funding to help enable this. For the 2020-21 member benefit year, funding will be available to our global membership base in the form of our Collaborative Development Fund.
We will shortly be launching our governance project ‘The HE Board Diversity Practice Project - Delivering on Higher Education and Research Institutes Board diversity – collating, understanding and sharing members’ practice to deliver on board diversity’
The principal aim of the project is to collate and understand the range of practice and lessons learned from members’ attempts to diversify their boards in order to provide an evidence base and potential solutions. This project is being run in collaboration with the international executive search firm Perrett Laver, whose involvement has enabled us to widen the scope of the research and maximise its benefit to Advance HE members and the sector.
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
This year’s digital conference will provide 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 will be 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
Governor Development Programme (GDP)
We have a number of events available as part of our Governor Development Programme. These events have been designed to help you to develop and refine your skills in response to a rapidly changing environment.
The Governor Development Programme (GDP) was created in 2005 and built on the earlier initiatives of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC). The programme is designed to support Governors and governance professionals in all HE institutions throughout the UK and various events are held throughout the year.
Governance Professionals in HE Digital Programme for Clerks and Secretaries - Starts 2 December 2020
Develop practical skills to better navigate critical relationships with key stakeholders and become more effective in supporting good governance.
3 one-day digital modules and 2 action learning sets delivered over 5 months. Starts 2 December 2020. Find out more >
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.