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Governance Professionals in HE

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Development Programmes
Start Date
End Date
3 Workshops & 2 Action Learning Sets over 3 months
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From
£1485 (Member)


Governance Professionals in HE is a topical, flexible and practical professional development programme for higher education (HE) staff who lead and support corporate and academic governance. 

Governance professionals and senior professional staff in HE play a central role in the academic and corporate governance of institutions and this programme will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and capabilities of governance teams and individuals. The programme enables attendees to keep at the forefront of governance practice, with the opportunity to engage with facilitated peer groups and sector experts, building their own skills and knowledge through shared problem solving and discussion.  

Participants will:

•    Be provided with an up-to-date view of the HE governance policy landscape and the issues both currently facing governing bodies and those emerging on the horizon

•    gain insights into practical approaches for building and maintaining key relationships, along with responses to the issues that can arise within these, with the aim of moving towards positive working and good governance

•    learn theories, models and concepts of group dynamics and behaviour and then apply these in the context of boardrooms and governing bodies

•    build a valuable support network of colleagues in similar roles with whom they can continue to share experiences and learning beyond the programme.

The Governance Professionals in HE programme takes place over 3 core virtual sessions and two Action Learning Sets (one virtual, one face-to-face), with the additional option to attend the in-person Advance HE Clerks and Secretaries Network Event taking place on 15 May 2024.


Programme Structure

Session 1 - 23 January 2024 - Virtual

Governance Professionals - enabling good governance

Covering the evolution of Governance and the policy landscape in a fast-changing world, effective communication, and practical tools to help the management of governing bodies.

Session 2 - 20 February 2024 - Virtual

Understanding and navigating board culture and behaviours 

Developing participants' understanding of culture, board dynamics, boundaries and personal influence.

Action Learning Set 1 - 26 March 2024 - Virtual

Designed to allow you to apply learning from the programme to your own role, situation and institution.

Session 3 - 24 April 2024 - Virtual

Your role in achieving outcomes as part of a successful governing body

Covering board diversity, recruitment, retention, and balancing compliance and performance.

Clerks and Secretaries Network event - 15 May 2024 - Face-to-face

+ Action Learning Set 2

The networking event will be followed by the first interactive action learning set, designed to allow participants to apply learning from the programme to their own role.


If you would like to find out more about our other governance events, please visit our Governance Development Programme page.

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