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Cause for celebration as we pass 80 international members

21 Jan 2020 | Advance HE Advance HE reached a milestone this month as we passed the 80 international members mark.

Flinders University in Australia and the Open University of Mauritius joined Advance HE as Access Members from the beginning of this month meaning we now have over 80 members in 26 countries around the world. Our member institutions span the length and breadth of the globe, from Ghana to Gibraltar and Spain to Singapore.

Flinders University becomes our 27th Australian member which includes other institutions such as the University of Western Australia and University of New South Wales, as well as The Australian National University, Queensland University of Technology and Deakin University.

Advance HE in Ireland

Our membership includes 13 members in the Republic of Ireland. Engagement with the Aurora programme, which aims to develop women in senior leadership roles, has encouraged recent new members such as the Institute of Technology Sligo and Maynooth University.

Aurora seeks to support people who identify as women and their institutions to fulfil their leadership potential through thought-provoking activities, collaborative problem solving activities and motivating stories supported by inspirational women role models. Participation embeds strong networks of early career women across the sector to share best practice, insights and experiences.

Over the past six years 5,895 women from over 175 institutions across the UK and Ireland have participated in Aurora.

The Irish higher education sector has also signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter, showcasing their commitment to advancing gender equality in their institutions.

Established in 2005, The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within HE and research. 

Around the world

We recently increased our membership among African institutions, with the Open University of Mauritius and Ghana Technology University College signing up as Access Members, following on from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and the Aga Khan University, to become our third and fourth members on the continent.

Advance HE also has a large number of members across Asia with 16 members across six nations in the Middle East and many across the rest of the continent, with The University of Hong Kong, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan all signed up along with five institutions in Thailand.

Ian Hall, Head of Membership (International) at Advance HE said:

"I'm delighted about the continued uptake of our membership model in different countries and across a range of providers. Advance HE is committed to ensuring that our membership model is driven by the needs of our member institutions.

“Our reputation within the sector continues to grow, allowing us to collaborate with a wider pool of diverse higher education providers across the globe.

“We will continue to work with the sector to improve teaching, student satisfaction and outcomes for students across different groups and in different countries."

Membership of Advance HE provides institutions with a range of benefits and services, which can be tailored to meet the requirements of the individual institution. They include access to member resources on teaching, leadership, governance, equality and diversity, access to member-only webinars and events exploring key issues affecting higher education, access to fellowship accreditation and alignment with PSF practice.

For more information on our membership offer visit our website.

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