18 April 2017
Research conducted in the United States (US) offers some interesting insights into the concept of shared governance i.e. the term commonly used in the US to describe a system of governance, which has the governing body at its apex, but also distributes responsibilities to the institution's administration and its faculties.
7 April 2017
The Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS) has published its latest analysis of full-time undergraduate applications made by the 24 March 2017 deadline. Compared to the same point in 2016, there has been a decrease of 4% in the total number of applications. Further, the analysis shows this change is not evenly spread between subject groups or institutions in the different tariff groups.
5 April 2017
The House of Commons, Business, Energy and industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee has published a report on corporate governance. The report finds the general public have a worrying lack of trust in business and states it has been unable to find a credible link between remuneration and performance. It suggest there is need to update and strengthen the UK Corporate Governance Code, and to create a new Code for the largest private companies. On the composition of boards, it recommends further measures should be taken to increase diversity.
30 March 2017
Andy Shenstone, the Leadership Foundation's director of consultancy and business development, confirmed to lead workshop on Governance at AHUA spring conference.
29 March 2017
HEFCE has published its analysis of the 2015-16 financial results posted by those English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that it funds. Although, HEFCE judges the sector’s results to have been ‘financially sound’, it repeats previous concerns regarding financial sustainability. In particular, it notes the gap in financial performance between the best and worst performing institutions continues to grow, and draws attention to a number of concerns.
24 March 2017
Exploratory research into the role and work of executive search firms and higher education institutions has been published. Although primarily focused on the recruitment of senior leaders, the findings highlight a number of issue of relevance to the appointment of independent governors.
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 than 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.