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Supporting effective governance in higher education

Advance HE supports the professionalisation of governance across all forms of higher education (HE) provision by providing tailored support to people and organisations.

In today’s turbulent environment all providers need high performing boards that are equipped to determine the strategic course of the organisation. The effectiveness of a board depends on strong foundations; exhibiting the right behaviours; high quality information, sound processes and skilled governance professionals.

Effective working relationships – especially between the Chair, the head of the organisation and the Secretary to the governing body – are crucial, and executive teams need to engage transparently and make timely and effective use of their board’s accumulated experience, insight and wisdom. Good governance is critical to
securing institutional resilience and success, and demands a commitment to deliver added value.

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Supporting Governor and governance professionals development in 2019-20

Please complete the brochure request form to download your copy of the Governance brochure

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Governance Brochure

How we support you

Our purpose is to support everyone involved in HE governance whatever their role. New Governors need briefing and orientation to understand the separation of management and governance, and their responsibilities as trustees. Student Governors need specific support to equip them for their period of office. Experienced Chairs need opportunities to network and share learning with their peers. Governance professionals need to be able to refresh their skills. Institutions need to gain assurance that their approach to governance is well founded, robust and effective. The sector needs to be able to share learning and developing practice.

Advance HE’s governance portfolio meets these needs by:

  • Improving understanding of the latest governance developments for all;
  • Facilitating the sharing of practice in safe spaces;
  • Upskilling and professionalising support with a focus on behaviours as well as process; and
  • Providing benchmarked, independent challenge and advice, and other bespoke support.

Governance on Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect has two governance groups which provide a forum to share your views and join the conversation, keep up to date with Advance HE’s governance information, programmes, events, and blogs, as well as post any governance job vacancies and events you may be hosting. Advance HE Connect is our online platform exclusively to share, connect and collaborate with your HE peers around the globe.

Advance HE Connect

Governance Professionals in HE Group

Our Governance Professionals in HE group is an Advance HE member benefit for those working in the area of governance. This group features a forum to share your views and engage with peers around the globe, in addition to a media centre which provides access to our library of governance resources and tools.
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Governance in HE Group

Our Governance in HE group is open to all and provides a place to keep up to date with governance news and insights within the HE sector, and provides the opportunity to engage with your governance colleagues.
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Our support


Governor Development Programme

Designed to support Governors, board members and professionals from all HE providers across the UK.
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Governance Consultancy + Advice

Supporting improvements in HE governance
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Governance Resources

In partnership with experts from the sector, we produce a range of materials and collate helpful information.
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