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Governance Conference 2021: Evolving Governance fit for our futures

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Conference
Start Date
End Date
1 day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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The 2021 Advance HE Governance conference will address the theme of ‘evolving governance fit for our futures’. As we look beyond the current pandemic, we know that governing well means navigating opportunities and challenges in higher education with inclusion, agility and pace at the forefront. Governance must enable our institutions to make the greatest impact they can for students, staff, society and the economy. This conference will bring together a diverse range of perspectives to consider just how we can do that, providing space to explore the issues but also the range of options Boards have to improve their governance in practice, so that we can aspire to governance that is fit for:

  • A future with fairness and inclusion for all as the norm. We will explore the governance practice that is working across the sector, and showcase the output of our Board Diversity Practice Project. We will also take stock on the future of the student experience and how Boards can assure quality and standards for all. 
  • A future with sustainability at the heart of decision making. We will explore the applicability of ‘Environmental, Social and Governance’ principles to higher education and what it means for governance practice.
  • A future with sound strategies in the face of ever-changing policy. We will consider the implications of the latest government thinking on HE that Boards need to know, including the response to the Augar review in England. We will also focus on the role of board culture and the Board-Executive dynamic as the crucial foundation of sound strategy and assurance. 

The conference will be fully online using our refreshed platform to enable delegate interaction and discussion across all elements of the day, comprising both high profile speakers from across sectors and practice-based workshops. All Chairs, governors, senior staff and governance professionals are invited to attend. Now in its fourth year, this is the must-attend and only annual event on HE governance which brings together the full range of perspectives.