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Developing Strategic Leadership in Higher Education

Designed for those in senior or strategic roles our strategic leadership portfolio can support the development of strategic outlook and skill set to lead across organisational boundaries.

Recently leadership at every level in higher education has been tested as never before and the need to support leaders is all the more important. Leadership is enhanced through preparation and continuous development to meet those tests head on. Our aim is to support your institution by equipping your leaders so that they lead with an assured confidence, characterised by agility, innovation and inclusivity.

Our strategic leadership portfolio will support the development of a strategic outlook and skillset to lead across organisational boundaries. 

The last year has seen Advance HE collaborate on, support and develop a range of services that exemplify our understanding of the wide-ranging issues that face HE providers. Our continued legacy of work in strategic leadership includes the flagship Top Management Programme for Higher Education and the Race Equality and Athena Swan Charters. This year we have introduced the new Vice-Chancellor Transition Programme, to support newly appointed Vice-Chancellors to prepare for and transition to their new role, helping them to lead their institutions effectively right from the start of their tenure.

Our portfolio of strategic leadership services use rich and immersive experiential learning delivered by facilitators from inside and outside HE with a deep and enduring knowledge of its wonders and challenges.  

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Vice-Chancellor Transition Programme

Supporting newly appointed Vice-Chancellors to effectively transition into their new roles.

The role of Vice-Chancellor is an increasingly complex and challenging one and has taken on even greater importance in the current rapidly changing environment in which the higher education sector operates.

Changing geo-political forces; adapting to a post-Covid world; increasing competition and the need to build new relationships; all call for a different kind of leadership that builds and sustains inclusion. Confident, capable leaders adapt, grow and diversify their talents, their teams and their institutions to respond to future challenges.

Aimed at complementing the UUK New Vice-Chancellors' programme, the new Vice-Chancellor Transition Programme supports newly appointed Vice-Chancellors in preparing for and transitioning to their new role, helping them become more effective, develop new skills and confidence, and enabling them to lead their institutions effectively right from the start of their tenure.

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Top Management Programme for Higher Education

Developing senior leaders in higher education

A development opportunity specifically created for those in an executive role in a higher education institution. Over 60 of the current UK Vice-Chancellors and Principals are TMP HE alumni, with many of the other past participants of TMP HE holding some of the most senior posts throughout higher education.

The challenges facing higher education both in the UK and internationally continue to grow in their scale and complexity; this emphasises the need for institutions to have confident, forward thinking and effective executive leadership with the agility and innovation to respond.

Executive leaders also need space and opportunity to think differently and build effective networks, skills and insights to sustain their roles and contribution for both their personal benefit and be a fully contributing member of the Executive team.

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Top Management Programme
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Plan your professional development for 2023-24 using our NEW Development Planner

Whether you are looking to enhance your practice, share insights or identify the next step in your professional development, by answering only a few short questions our new Development Planner will guide you to a range of development opportunities that meet your requirements. Try it today.

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Strategic Leadership Programme

Developing flexible and resilient leaders

The Strategic Leadership Programme aims to build flexible and resilient leaders, capable of delivering large-scale change, by providing opportunities to share insights, work with a support network of peers and reflect on leadership styles and frameworks for life beyond the programme.

Completely redesigned specifically for online delivery, the programme will appeal to those with a portfolio which reaches across the institution and who want to exercise their strategic vision to make a meaningful impact in shaping the future direction of the higher education sector through influence and engagement.

Participants benefit from a learning space that confronts and considers issues such as 'systems thinking', complexity, holistic approaches to organisational development, leadership in the face of wicked problems and the containment of organisational and system dynamics. It is a programme about the place of higher education in its context and the strategic leadership required to sustain it.

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I would strongly recommend the Strategic Leadership Portfolio to anyone in the HE sector with responsibility for strategic leadership. It provides participants with a broad range of applicable tools and approaches applicable to their setting, as well as being an excellent networking opportunity.

Seth Townley, The Open University.

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Transformative Conversations Programme

Turning challenging conversations into transformative ones

In uncertain times, challenging conversations can become increasingly daunting. The Transformative Conversations Programme aims to help leaders from both academic and professional backgrounds to handle sensitive discussions with confidence, empathy and positivity. 

This new programme is designed to develop your emotional intelligence, self-awareness and communication skills, resulting in productive conversations that build strong relationships and improve organisational performance.

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Transformative Conversations Programme
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One to one coaching

One-to-One Executive Coaching

Developing new perspectives and solutions
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Sustainability Conference 2024

This conference will focus on the sector's responsibilities in relation to the UN SDGs, civic responsibility, new sustainability initiatives and research.
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Sustainability Symposium 2024

Learn about new and evidence-informed sustainability initiatives.
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Governance Conference 2023: Governance Culture: Navigating policy, politics and people

Advance HE's Governance Conference returns for 2023.
This year’s conference theme is “Governance Culture: Navigating policy, politics and people”. The Conference will explore what it takes to develop a more effective culture amongst governing bodies in higher education.

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The reshaping of Higher Education and Research Institute strategy and culture project
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Senior Fellow Writing Retreats

The online Senior Fellow Writing Retreat is an invaluable opportunity to have the time and space to progress your application to become a Senior Fellow, receiving expert analysis and feedback in the process. Held over one day, the retreat offers you the chance to transform your notes and thoughts into an application that matches Advance HE’s criteria for Senior Fellowship.

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Principal Fellow Record of Educational Impact Support Session (PFREI)

These support sessions are aimed at colleagues who are in the process of completing their direct Principal Fellow application (Descriptor 4 of the UKPSF), who need more guidance on the Record of Educational Impact (REI) element. Participants will be asked to complete a template on which to collate their strategic interventions, and will receive constructive feedback in a one-to-one session with an experienced Advance HE reviewer to help them progress their Principal Fellow applications.

Interested participants should book their place via the My Advance HE customer portal to receive a directed template to complete and will be contacted directly to arrange a convenient time for a virtual one-to-one session with the reviewer.

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