Advance HE has published the first of a new series of insight and research reports on the effectiveness of governance in higher education.
Understanding Governance Performance and Future Challenges draws on recent surveys of 20 institutions carried out as part of governance effectiveness reviews by Advance HE which paint a picture about how well the sector judges that it is governing itself.
Insights from the report reveal that governing bodies must:
- improve their approach to performance reviews of members, including Chairs
- better support student members
- improve their approach to overseeing the performance of their universities and better engage with the development of the long-term institutional strategy to be more proactive and less reactive
- improve diversity.
In his foreword to the report, Andy Shenstone, Director of Business Development & Delivery at Advance HE, calls on all university Chairs to do more to embed greater diversity in their governing bodies. He says,
“We know from our work with the sector that a lack of diversity and the monoculture that it can foster can undermine university governance.”
An Advance HE member-only webinar on 30 April is set to focus on culture and behaviours in governance, and how they can be improved. Culture – the key to good governance will look at the quality of governance and explore what can be done to improve culture further. Find out more and book your place
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