17 March 2017
Ahead of the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) spring conference and a linked workshop; Andy Shenstone, director of consultancy and business development at the Leadership Foundation, explores some of the key issues facing the governance of the HE sector.
14 March 2017
Following a strongly worded report from the Treasury select committee, Ms Charlotte Hogg, has resigned from her role of deputy governor of the Bank of England. Despite being responsible for the Bank's code of conduct, Ms Hogg failed on a number of occasions to declare a potential conflict of interest.
14 March 2017
Deloitte's, working with UUK, have issued their fourth annual survey of Finance Directors working in higher education. The survey suggests almost two-thirds of respondents are less optimistic that at the same time a year ago. Despite this, the majority of institutions feel they need to continue to invest in order to compete.
7 March 2017
On behalf of the English, Welsh and Scottish funding councils and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, the Quality Assurance Agency has issued a guide on providing information to prospective undergraduate students. The guide provides information that institutions and their governing bodies should give attention to.
16 February 2017
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today announced that it will conduct a fundamental review of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The review is expected to take account of the FRC's own work on corporate culture and succession planning, the government's recent green paper on corporate governance reform and the work of a parliamentary select committee on the same subject.
10 February 2017
Parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in the governance of the Football Association (FA). The decision follows two reports by the Culture, Media and Sports committee, which identified weaknesses in the FA’s governance. While the FA has subsequently made some changes to its governance, the general view is that it has not done enough. Failure to change its governance risks the loss of public funding, and the introduction of legislation to force the FA to change.
8 February 2017
On behalf of the sector’s funding bodies, as part of the work it is undertaking to support the introduction of the new operating model for quality assurance, the Leadership Foundation is hosting several Roundtable events on academic governance. The notes of the first Roundtable event, which explored the topic of academic governance have been published.
8 February 2017
The text of a recent lecture by Stephen Haddrill, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), has been just be released. Drawing on recent research the lecture looks at three inter-connected subjects: corporate governance, culture and risk. He notes while governance codes may make bad behaviour less likely, they cannot in themselves prevent inappropriate actions, strategies or decisions.
25 January 2017
A new Roundtable Note (03) on the appointment of chairs of governing bodies and heads of institutions has been issued. The Note summaries the first of two Roundtable events being held to explore the issues that should be considered in the appointment of either position.
23 January 2017
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published the text of their 2016 Annual Lecture, delivered by Dr Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of State, during the first term of Obama's administration. In her address, Kanter argues that higher education (HE) should be seen as an investment, by both society and the individual, rather than an expense. Wealth creation as a result of HE should not just be seen in narrow economic terms, but recognise the wider social and civic benefits.