Ensuring sustainability and readiness for the new normal
With almost every aspect of the 20-21 academic year being uncertain the one aspect we can be sure of is that transitioning to the ‘new normal’ is going to require transformation at a scale and pace rarely seen before. Our response to this environment within 19-20 has been our rapid, generative Socially Distanced Campuses and Education project, curated teaching resources, a community of practice and our series of webinars, all provided through Advance HE Connect. Our member benefits for 20-21 will speak directly to your contemporary challenges and support you in:
- developing resilience to succeed in times of uncertainty and complexity
- designing sustainable and flexible educational programmes that enable student success under varying degrees of social distancing requirements
- strengthening the leadership and governance capacity to support effective strategic development and the successful management of transformation
- understanding the impact on equalities of the current crisis and continue to enhance the inclusivity of higher education in a rapidly changing environment.
We will be aligning all of our in-year member benefits with the transformation agenda faced by our members and combining our expertise across education, leadership, equality and governance to maximise your success.
All activities and the outputs of in year projects will be exclusive to our members.
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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 17,000 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 event series
Our ‘Connect Event 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.
There are still a number of webinars to run during the 19-20 academic year.
Publications, projects and resources
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. In addition to we will also provide publications that transcend the current crisis, including:
- Equality in HE statistical reports
- Leading the Academy report
- Student Academic Experience report
- PRES, PTES and UKES reports.
Your Advance HE accreditation options
Advance HE Membership includes one or more of the following accreditation package options, helping to provide assurance to your stakeholders that your institution strives for excellence.
From speaking to our members there is a strong commitment to ensuring that the transformational progress made through charters and accreditation over the years is not lost as we navigate the Covid-19 crisis.
The Athena SWAN package not only includes access to the accreditation process that can result in the award of the charter, it also includes a range of support to help institutions both enhance their practice and achieve recognition for their commitment in this area.
Being part of an internationally recognised gender equality initiative can help your institution meet its equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research council.
Race Equality Charter (REC)
The Race Equality Charter package not only includes access to the accreditation process that can result in the award of the charter, it also includes a range of support to help institutions both enhance their practice
and achieve recognition for their commitment in this area.
This package evidences your institution’s commitment to equality and diversity, meeting your legal and regulatory obligations under equality legislation, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils.
Teaching and learning accreditation
We accredit continuous professional development (CPD) programmes which are delivered by higher education providers both within the UK and internationally. Aligning professional development to the UKPSF. Advance HE have developed a range of support and benefits to improve accessibility and value for members.
Enhancements to equality charters services
In addition to the Charters themselves, Advance HE member institutions also benefit from enhancement services to the Charters that support applications, including:
- national events
- access to the Gender and Race equality good practice database
- videos, materials and guidance
- remote developmental reviews.
As our member institutions strive to develop sustainable solutions for how the student experience is configured and supported in the future, our surveys package will prove an essential tool in gaining insight on all aspects of student experience and engagement, as well as benchmarking.
As an Advance HE member your institution can choose to participate
in the UK Engagement Survey (UKES), the Postgraduate Taught
Experience Survey (PTES) and the Postgraduate Research Experience
Survey (PRES), benefitting from a discounted total price of £2,500 which
covers all three surveys.
Good practice grants
Member institutions are exclusively invited to bid for Good Practice Grants providing the opportunity to develop and share innovative practice and solutions to the unsolved challenges faced by institutions as a result of the pandemic. The resources generated by these projects will be shared exclusively with members. Grants are available to any individual or team(s) from an Advance HE member institution based in the UK and Republic of Ireland. For 20-21 we will be aligning our Good Practice Grant activity
across both our UK and international members ensuring that we share effective practice and build connections to help us navigate the challenges ahead.
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.
Advance HE membership provides exclusive access to the last two years of Advance HE (and legacy agencies) published work, as well as to our Knowledge Bank of good practice resources and toolkits covering a huge range of up to date guidance, approaches and latest thinking in HR, OD and L&D that supports approaches to transformative leadership.
If you are an HR or staff development professional in an LGM member institution and you are already registered for MyLF, then you can access the Knowledge Bank now via MyLF.
Not yet registered for MyLF? Register here.
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.
Affiliate Membership of Advance HE gives you access to world-leading services which will support you in helping you shape your future in today’s highly competitive HE market.
Advance HE international membership packages are designed for institutions wishing to join a worldwide network of Advance HE members and use Advance HE resources to enhance, inform and improve teaching by providing staff development opportunities beyond those available within their institution. We bring together expertise to help you deliver world leading teaching, research and scholarship, and student outcomes. Our services include training, development, coaching, advice, research, analysis, change management, project management and consultancy.
Further information will be available shortly. In the meantime you can contact our membership team using the button below.