The Governor Development Programme (GDP) was started in 2005 and built on the earlier initiatives of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC). The programme is designed to support Governors in all HE institutions throughout the UK and various events are held throughout the year.
This year’s governor development programme and linked activities, has as its theme Governance to 2020 and beyond: Improving Effectiveness for a New Age. It allows participants the opportunity to anticipate and evaluate the impact of change, while offering practice support and advice about how to successful navigate the changes. In addition to focusing on a changing policy environment, the topics GDP covers have been updated based on your feedback.
In response to these changes the 2018-19 GDP has been substantially refreshed and additional resources made available, with support for Governors, Senior Managers and professional staff supporting governing bodies and senior teams in each of the devolved nations.
GPD has been designed to address a broad range of needs across governance, while many of our events may be specifically relevant to those involved in particular aspects or roles within governance, anyone in HE who is interested is welcome to attend any event. Additional events will often be added throughout the year to help address the evolving situation. In order to provide this selection of events and seminars, we work in partnership with a number of key organisations.
We have a range of programmes and events designed for everyone, from those wanting an introduction to Governance in HE to those looking to expand their networks or update their knowledge of the sector.
If you would like to learn more about GDP and what we offer you can download our brochure for 2018-19 here. The programme has a range of different types of events designed to help you to develop and refine your skills in response to a rapidly changing environment. There are a number of upcoming events that offer opportunities to network with others, to focus on particular aspects of the sector or the devolved nations and to provide tools and skills to improve in your pursuit of good governance.
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.
London, 3 April 2019
Chairs and their Deputies, Governors, EDI Executives and senior governance professionals with oversight and commitment to EDI at a strategic level.
This workshop will bring together those within the governance community and executive leads with oversight for EDI to discuss and debate how to mainstream EDI at a strategic level for the benefit of the organisation and its stakeholders, particularly students and staff.
Cardiff, 10 April 2019
Governors of Welsh HEIs
This event offers an opportunity for Governors from Welsh institutions to examine some of the distinctive features of the Welsh HE system and the evolution of governance, addressing topical issues with a mixture of keynote presentations and opportunities to exchange practice and ideas
London, 15 May 2019
Chairs of Governors, Committee Chairs, and those who might take on such a role.
This event focuses on the leadership of the Board as a key determinate of governing body effectiveness. The event is designed to support those who lead, or aspire to lead, a governing body and will provide an opportunity to discuss and examine the role of the chair in leading the board and the importance of creating a boardroom culture to allow openness and debate.
London, 23 May 2019
Governors, senior leaders, Clerks and Secretaries working in small, specialist and independent provider institutions.
Small, specialist and independent providers are an important part of the increasingly diverse higher education system in the UK. Run in conjunction with GuildHE, this event will explore some of the issues and challenges facing such institutions, including the strategic positioning of institutions and achieving good governance.
London, 28 November 2019
Chairs and Governors of HEIs and members of the professional support teams who work with Governors
This year, our national conference will focus on 'Professionalising Governance in Higher Education'. It offers a forum to enable Governors, professional support staff and policymakers to share and discuss key and emerging areas of governance.