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GDP: Scottish Governance Symposium

County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
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Face to Face Symposia
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One day
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Higher Education and Further Education
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COVID-19 update

In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak we have changed the delivery method of this event to online. Revised joining instructions will be sent to delegates as part of the booking process. See our COVID-19 updates page for the latest information on our services.

For Governors of Scottish HE providers and members of the professional support teams who work with Governors.

Our inaugural Scottish Governance Symposium will provide a state of the nation view on governance in HE, with a particular take on the emerging impact of the legislation on governance in Scottish HE institutions, considering progress on outcome agreements and a wider analysis of the funding landscape. We will hear from leaders in the sector, as well as court members, with a chance to network and share practice.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Elizabeth Passey, Chair of Scottish Chairs and Chair of Court, University of Glasgow
  • Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland
  • Matt Crilly, President Strathclyde Students’ Union

Andrew Wilson

Understanding the student perspective

Andrew Wilson is the President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association and sits as a Student Member of Edinburgh’s University Court. Additionally, Andrew is a member of the University’s Remuneration, Policy and Resources, Nominations and Estates Committees. Andrew is also President of the Student Board in UNA Europa, a European Commission ‘European Universities’ alliance of which the University of Edinburgh is a member.

Andrew Wilson


9:30 Virtual platform open to delegates

10:00 Welcome and introductions
Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE and David Bass, Assistant Director Membership (Scotland, Ireland and Wales) Advance HE

10:15 Keynote 1
The HE Policy Landscape: Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland

11:00 Break

11:15 Keynote 2
The governance landscape in Scotland: Elizabeth Passey, Chair, Committee of Scottish Chairs (CSC) and Convenor of Court, Glasgow University

12:00 Dealing with unexpected challenges - discussion about the response to Coronavirus

12:30 Break

12:40 Understanding the student perspective
Matt Crilly, President, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association and President-elect, NUS Scotland
Eilidh Fulton, President, Glasgow Caledonian Students’ Association
Andrew Wilson, President, University of Edinburgh Students’ Association

13:25 Wrap up and final thoughts
Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE
David Bass, Assistant Director Membership (Scotland, Ireland and Wales) Advance HE

13:30 Close 

Download the draft programme here
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