This event offers an opportunity for governors from Scottish institutions to examine some of the distinctive features of the Scottish higher education system and the evolution of governance, addressing topical issues with a mixture of keynote presentations and an opportunity to exchange practice and ideas with fellow court members.
Governors of Scottish HE institutions and FE colleges offering higher education programmes in Scotland. The day is designed for all categories of governors in these institutions, and offers something for both new and longer-standing members of a governing body. It represents the first step in governors assessing their personal development needs.
This event offers an opportunity for governors of Scottish institutions to examine some of the distinctive features of the Scottish higher education system and the evolution of governance.
The event is will also explore a range of topics such as:
- The election of university chairs: approaching the new statutory requirement, considerations and practical implications.
- The realities of having a new composition of the university courts including mandated trade union representatives.
- The diversity of boards and how far we have come and further steps to continue to diversify Scottish university courts.
I expected a seminar on the Scottish HE (Education) Act and the implications for governors of HEIs - and an update/refresh on that would have been perfectly acceptable. Instead was delighted to listen to four good and topical speakers. Enjoyed as always, the chance to meet both new people and old friends across the sector – a networking opportunity.
Governance in Scotland 2017-18
The event will be facilitated by Aaron Porter and will include the following sessions:
The Policy Landscape in Scotland
Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland
Understanding Scottish HE finance
Andrew Millar, Assistant Director of Institutional Governance and Sustainability, Scottish Funding Council
Panel of Chairs
Rob Woodward, Chair, Glasgow Caledonian University
Fiona McLean, Deputy Chair, University of the Highlands and Islands
Nick Kuenssberg OBE, Chair, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Quality Enhancement – what court members need to know
Ailsa Crum, Head of Quality and Enhancement, QAA Scotland
Embedding equality and diversity priorities in institutional strategy and SFC Outcome Agreements
Anne Ireson, Programme Advisor, Advance HE
The full programme is available here.
The event will examine the changing external context for Scottish higher education, including the impact of any recent legislative changes and consider recent policy announcements.
Networking opportunities are planned throughout the day alongside the more structured sessions from external speakers and materials will be provided.
Lunch and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
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Director, Universities Scotland
Alastair Sim has been Director of Universities Scotland since July 2009, joining from the Scottish Civil Service. The Director has chief executive responsibility for the management of the organisation.
Since 2009 he has navigated the Scottish HE sector through two Scottish elections, two general elections, a referendum on Scottish independence, several spending reviews and a funding gap.
As a senior civil servant, Alastair developed new Scottish legislation on protection of the natural environment and on constitutional reform and was most latterly Director of Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Courts before joining Universities Scotland.
He holds degrees from Oxford, Delaware and Glasgow universities. Alastair has had two thrillers published: Rosslyn Blood (2004) and The Unbelievers (2009).
Head of Quality and Enhancement, QAA Scotland
Ailsa’s role is to lead and manage QAA’s review, enhancement and engagement work in Scotland. She is responsible for the development and delivery of the Enhancement-led Institutional Review method and for overseeing the delivery of the Enhancement Themes.
Ailsa joined QAA in 1998, becoming Head of Reviews in 2012. She introduced innovative elements, including the ‘Focus On’ projects, with groups of institutions working collaboratively to enhance policy and practice. Ailsa previously worked at what is now Universities Scotland and at the Robert Gordon University. She is a graduate in Economics and Politics from the University of Aberdeen, and more recently has developed a keen interest in creative writing, this year completing a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. Ailsa also has a postgraduate diploma in management.
Policy and Programme Adviser (Scotland), Advance HE
Anne Ireson is currently a Policy and Programme Adviser for AHE (Scotland) and was formerly employed by the Equality Challenge Unit prior to the Advance HE merger. Anne currently has a lead role for equality mainstreaming, equality impact assessment, SFC Outcome Agreements, student disability and race equality. Anne has previously worked in various education based equality roles for around 20 years. Before joining ECU, Anne worked for a number of years as Head of Disability and Inclusion at Edinburgh Napier University and has also previously worked for the former Disability Rights Commission and for two Scottish colleges.
Anne is currently leading a joint sector project (involving colleges, universities and SFC) on equality impact assessment for SFC Outcome Agreements. The project is expected to conclude in summer 2019 and will result in guidance for institutions that should support enhanced approaches to embedding equality and diversity priorities in institutional strategy and SFC Outcome Agreements, by using equality impact assessment as a helpful tool.
Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE
Aaron Porter is the Associate Director (Governance) for Advance HE leading on engagement with governing bodies and governance across the UK, including leading reviews of board effectiveness. He has worked with over 75 universities both in the UK and overseas, as well as projects for national governments focused on higher education. His portfolio of roles includes Director of Insights for the Hotcourses Group and as an external adviser to Civitas Learning. He is a member of the governing council at Goldsmiths, University of London and is Chair of the Board of Governance at Nelson College, a specialist higher education college in East London.
He has previously served on the council of the University of Leicester, and the boards of a number of higher education sector bodies including Higher Education Funding Council for England, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, the Higher Education Academy and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
He was previously President of the National Union of Students in 2010-11, during the high profile debate on tuition fees. He also co-chaired the Beer/Porter Student Charter group which reported to the Higher Education Minister, David Willets, in January 2011.