Cardiff Metropolitan University has bestowed an Honorary Fellowship on Alison Johns, chief executive of Advance HE, in recognition her outstanding commitment and contribution to higher education in the UK and internationally.
Alison was presented to the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor & Honorary President (the Lord Mayor) and the President & Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony at the university this week.
Alison was described as “passionate about and totally committed to supporting both individuals and institutions to achieve their full potential, succeed and thrive…and a strong advocate for removing barriers to progress, tackling disadvantage, the need to find creative solutions and development opportunities for staff to improve diversity, enhance practice and build transformational leadership in higher education.”
Commentating on her Honorary Fellowship, Alison said, “I am extremely proud to have been recognised in this way by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Working in this sector is so rewarding because higher education can transform lives. I am as committed as ever to working alongside colleagues in the continuous pursuit of excellence and in opening up the extraordinary opportunities higher education offers to an ever widening and more diverse audience.”
Alison has extensive experience in leadership, governance and management in higher education over the past 25 years. In 2003 Alison was appointed the head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) - now the Office for Students - where she established both the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Equality Challenge Unit, both UK-wide bodies. Alison has served as both chair and president of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network. She has recently joined the British Council’s planning committee for Going Global.
She was appointed chief executive of the Leadership Foundation and was subsequently tasked in autumn 2017 to merge three national sector agencies in to the newly formed Advance HE.