Welcome to Advance HE Membership
We understand it is essential that Advance HE membership supports you to deliver your organisational strategies and overcome challenges. We work closely with our members and the sector, and believe excellence is achieved by people. Removing the barriers, so all can succeed; driving positive change.
Today, the higher education and research institute sectors face challenges that were unimaginable just a few months ago. A global pandemic determines an extraordinary context shaping our work as your sector development agency as we navigate these challenges together.
Enquire about Advance HE Membership
If you would like to enquire about Advance HE Membership and the benefits to you, complete the form below and we will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements.
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. The projects aim to support you in:
- developing resilience to succeed in times of uncertainty and complexity
- designing and delivering sustainable and flexible staff CPD programmes
- strengthening the leadership and governance capacity to support effective strategic transformation
- understanding the impact on equalities of the current crisis and continue to enhance the inclusivity of higher education and research in a rapidly changing environment.
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.
Tackling structural race inequality in higher education
Activities, discussions, tools and resources to support our members in understanding and addressing structural race inequalities in all aspects of higher education.
The activities in support of this member benefit have been divided into four strands:
- Understanding structural inequality: theory, evidence, data and storytelling
- Honest, brave and open conversations about race
- Decolonising identity
- Meeting the challenge: supporting senior leaders in conversation, change and accountability in addressing race
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. Previously, funding had been in the form of our Small Development Projects (SDPs), which were launched in 2004 and more recently, our Good Practice Grants.
For the 2020-21 member benefit year, funding will be available to our global membership base in the form of our Collaborative Development Fund, which aims to harness the knowledge, experience and innovative capabilities of our members in order to address current challenges within the HE sector.
We invite our colleagues at member institutions to apply for the funding to deliver these projects which will start in February 2021. The application deadline has been extended to 12:00 GMT 29 January 2021.
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 20,000 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.
Publications and projects
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.
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.
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.
Discounted access to key development and enhancement opportunities
It is clear that our sector faces a period of complex disruption and as ever, we rely on our people to successfully navigate this. It is important that we support our colleagues and ensure they have access to the development they need to succeed. With Advance HE membership your organisation will benefit from discounts on a range of support to build capacity, deliver change and develop the next generation of leaders and practitioners.
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.
Our advisory groups and committees inform the development and focus of our work across our main thematic areas of support. Advance HE will develop appropriate strategic links with Research Institutes into our thinking and planning to ensure that we develop work in the areas that deliver the most value to your organisation and sector as a whole. 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.
Advance HE accreditation
Advance HE Research Institute membership includes participation in the Athena SWAN Charter package, helping to provide assurance to your stakeholders that your organisation strives for excellence.
We are absolutely committed to an Athena SWAN Charter that is both rigorous and accessible, so that everybody can be given the opportunity to thrive in the sector, and for the sector too to thrive as a result of more inclusive and fairer cultures.”
Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE
The Athena SWAN Charter
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 organisation meet its equality legislation requirements, as well as the requirements and expectations of some funders and research councils.
The Race Equality Charter
The Race Equality is a key component of Advance HE’s mission to support
the sector in promoting fair representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students in higher education. It provides a robust framework through which institutions work to self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students and have their commitment to and progress in removing these barriers recognised.