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Advance HE launches its new governance brochure for 2020-21

24 Aug 2020 | Advance HE Supporting effective governance in Higher education

Advance HE launches its new governance offering for 2020-21

Supporting effective governance in Higher education

In a turbulent operating environment all providers need high performing governing bodies that are equipped to shape the strategic course of the organisation. Governance effectiveness depends on strong foundations and in this new brochure Advance HE outlines how we support good governance throughout HE by:

  • improving understanding of the latest governance developments
  • facilitating the sharing of practice upskilling and professionalising support with a focus on behaviours as well as process
  • providing benchmarked, independent challenge and advice, and other bespoke support drawing on expertise from both within and beyond   the HE sector.

Advance HE is at the forefront of providing support to boards, individual Governors and staff such as Clerks and Secretaries to improve governance effectiveness and has been for more than 15 years. Our commitment to embedding ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) is inherent to all strands of our governance portfolio.

We do this through a range of programmes, events and consultancy services including Governance Effectiveness Reviews. Last year alone, we supported over 800 Governors across the UK and Ireland.

In addition to our well-respected Governor Development Programme, we are embedded in the governance policy landscape through our direct engagement with individual Governors, Chairs and national bodies such as the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), the Committee of Scottish Chairs (CSC), Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA), Universities UK, GuildHE and Universities Scotland and HEFCW.

Andy Shenstone, Director and Executive Lead for Governance, Advance HE, said, “Governance is concerned with ensuring accountability, control and scrutiny as well approving future direction, institutional strategy and mission, and we know from our work with the sector that a lack of diversity and the monoculture that it can foster can undermine university governance. Our portfolio reflects on the need for diversity to start at the top and to led and promoted proactively through a strong institutional culture which fosters fair representation and opportunity for all.”

A highlight of this year’s calendar will be the governance conference, 20 November, ‘Effective Governance for a new normal’ Governance Conference 2020, our virtual conference which offers the first opportunity since the advent of Covid-19  for those with key roles in the governance of our sector to come together, share learning and exchange perspectives.  

Read the brochure: Governance Consultancy and Development 2020-21.



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