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Next stage for global leadership survey and framework begins

30 Nov 2021 | Advance HE Sector consultation to develop a global leadership survey and framework.

Advance HE is working with the sector to develop a global survey for leadership in higher education, research institutes and related organisations. 

The project aims to generate a unique evidence base for leadership in higher education, highlight contextual variations across the sector and around the world and explore the impact of leadership development. It will also inform the development of a sector-led global leadership framework for enhancement and recognition. 

Scoping study roundtables 

In the first stage, Advance HE commissioned a scoping study undertaken by a research team led by the University of Bristol and involving colleagues from the University of the West of England and Swansea University. This research study consists of a literature review and a series of 11 roundtable discussions that will inform the survey design. 

The roundtables have been joined by 120 participants from 100 higher education and related organisations across 20 countries. 

Roundtables have been joined by 120 participants from 100 higher education and related organisations across 20 countries.

Doug Parkin, Principal Adviser for Leadership and Management at Advance HE and Project Lead for the global study, and the research team, extend their thanks to all of the roundtable participants and everyone who submitted an expression of interest.

The large number of expressions enabled the team to convene groups with a good mix of institutional, disciplinary, professional, international and social diversity. Doug commented,  

“The roundtables have been quite simply magnificent. Perhaps some of the most sophisticated, well-informed and insightful conversations about leadership in the sector I have experienced. It has been fascinating to hear equally powerful thinking about leadership from all parts of the HE system, with striking similarities, overlaps and differences. Huge thanks to everyone that has contributed.”  

Dissemination and engagement events 

The next stage in the scoping study is a series of online dissemination and engagement events in February 2022. Following initial analysis, the team will share some of the main findings from the research and invite responses through a combination of live-polls, text-chats and other interactions which will feed into the next stage of analysis. 

The idea is to bring together the widest possible community of colleagues to hear first-hand some of the initial findings from the research and, importantly, respond to them. 

In order to accommodate as many colleagues as possible, the same event will take place at the following dates and times: 

Tuesday 8 February 2022, 07:00 - 08:30 (GMT) - book here  

Wednesday 9 February 2022,13:00 -14:30 (GMT) - book here  

Friday 11 February 2022, 15:30 – 17:00 (GMT) - book here 

Tuesday 8 March 2022, 09.00 – 10:30 (GMT) - book here 

Please join us, listen and respond, and be part of this crucial conversation.”

Doug Parkin


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