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Leadership Summit 2018

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09:15AM, Friday 29 June 2018, The Tower Hotel, London More info

This is a one-day event.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 17.00.

Venue: The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD 

The early bird fee of £295 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £365 for non member institutions expires on Thursday 29 March 2018, after this time the fee for the conference will be £365 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £455 for non member institutions.

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£455.00 Non Member Price
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We are delighted to invite you to our Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit & Compassion where we shall be sharing the latest thinking on leadership from across higher education. At this conference you will have the opportunity to share where you are on your leadership journey, while reflecting upon what leadership means in higher education today.

Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit & Compassion will explore many themes throughout the day including how higher education is changing and what it means to be a leader now, as well as behavioural and cultural change.

Wherever you are in your leadership journey wisdom, grit and compassion are core essentials that underpin all that we do. This conference is not to be missed.

At our Leadership Summit 2018:

  • Hear from experts on leadership
  • Discuss and be challenged on the topical issues
  • Develop new insights to take back to your organisation
  • Network with leaders across the sector


If you would like to attend the Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit & Compassion or book a place for someone else please book online via the orange button. You'll be asked to log into MyLF using your MyLF identity. Once you're logged in MyLF will allow you to book yourself or select other delegates via a simple search option or add new delegates as required.

If you need any assistance with MyLF please contact Susie Norton, Marketing and Communications Manager.

For more information about the event, please email Jenny Maybour


The Leadership Summit 2018 is open to all leaders working within higher education who are looking to refresh their leadership insights, develop their networks and be inspired. 

Participants are likely to hold the position of:

  • Head of department
  • Dean
  • Pro vice-chancellor
  • Deputy vice-chancellor
  • Director
  • Vice-chancellor
  • Governor
  • Alumni of a Leadership Foundation programme

If you would like to find out more on the conference please contact Jenny Maybour, leadership development coordinator T: 020 3468 4821

The early bird fee of £295 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £365 for non member institutions expires on Thursday 29 March 2018, after this time the fee for the conference will be £365 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £455 for non member institutions.

If you would like to attend the Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit & Compassion or book a place for someone else please book online via the orange button. You'll be asked to log into MyLF using your MyLF identity. Once you're logged in MyLF will allow you to book yourself or select other delegates via a simple search option or add new delegates as required.

If you need any assistance with MyLF please contact Susie Norton, Marketing and Communications Manager.

For more information about the event, please email the Programmes team at Advance HE

Venue: Central London

We are delighted that David Taylor will be speaking at our Leadership Summit 2018: wisdom, grit & compassion. David will be joined by other speakers and contributors who will be announced in the next few weeks.


David Taylor - Speaker
David Taylor
Author and Founder, 
Naked Leader

David is the founder of Naked Leader, author of the fastest selling business book in the world: The Naked Leader, and has just published his fifth book: How to be Successful by Being Yourself and he has featured in three TV series. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, he has presented in 40 countries with over 300,000 people having attended a David Taylor event at venues ranging from the Acropolis in Athens to the Comedy Store in London.

David is the Business Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Ulster Business School - and a former Chairman of Woking Football Club. David works with top leaders around the world and maintains an ongoing dialogue post-event

He’s frequently cited as the catalyst by people and organisations who and which have achieved significant success as a direct result of time spent with him. He has also been described as ‘providing instant awakening, impact and action - the most dynamic and yet thoughtful leadership change agent.’
Recent clients include Standard Life, EY, Phoenix Group, NHS Blood and Transplant, Tullow Oil and Ford to name but a handful from our impressive list which includes a number of worldwide educational establishments.

A copy of David's bestselling book 'The Naked Leader' can be found here:


Professor Sue Rigby
Professor Sue Rigby 
Bath Spa University
Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln where she was responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and had oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts.
Sue is a palaeontologist by background. After being an academic at Cambridge, Leicester and Edinburgh she moved into senior management, first as Assistant Principal and then Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh.
She is an HEA Principal Fellow. She is Chair of the HEFCE Learning Gain project and a member of the Scottish Funding Council QA review group. She is chairing work on the design of a postgraduate national survey and is a member of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) Panel.
Internationally, she has contributed to the development of reward and recognition processes for staff in learning and teaching through U21 - the leading global network of research universities for the 21st century - and developed the first MOOC (massive open online course) to be shared by students in the U21 universities.
Sue has set up a variety of large-scale and multi-university projects, including the Times Higher Education prize-winning "Making the Most of Masters". She is an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh and works in their Institute of Academic Development. 
Sue was elected co-convenor of the Higher Education Academy's PVC Network in 2016.
Professor Mike Thomas
Professor Mike Thomas
University of Central Lancashire
Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 having worked in the sector for nearly 30 years. He has an academic background in clinical mental health and organisational leadership.
Mike carries out research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership and explores management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience.
He is a non-Executive Director of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
He also serves on a number of regional and national committees and groups, has led three social enterprise companies and acted as a mentor/coach to executive leadership in the public sector.
An ex-submariner Mike has worked on projects for many years which support military discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities. He works with a team of active ex-service academics and those with a special interest or specialism in the field of transition support and is the Co-Founder of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services. In 2014 he was awarded a Nationwide Award for Outstanding Contribution to Resettling Military Families.
Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Arts and a Member of the British Psychological Society.
Professor Cara Aitchinson
Professor Cara Aitchison
President and Vice-Chancellor,
Cardiff Metropolitan University

With 30 years' experience in higher education Professor Aitchison has led significant growth and change management programmes developing universities' reputations, finance, internationalisation and student experience. She is committed to values-driven leadership that integrates civic, economic and international agendas to widen participation in university education with the purpose of transforming lives, communities, economies and inter-cultural relations. 

Within her subject fields Professor Aitchison has a global reputation for her research; she was the Chair of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Sub-Panel for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism, a Member of the Main Panel for Social Sciences and is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health at the University of Bath (2015-). She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (2003); Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (2018), Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy (2010), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (2016) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2001).

In partnership with the Board of Governors, staff, students and stakeholders the vice-chancellor has overall responsibility for the University's strategy, executive and operations and is the chair of the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Group, the Academic Board and the Management Board. 
Chris Mowles (130x130)
Professor Chris Mowles
Director of the Doctor of Management Programme,
University of Hertfordshire
Chris is also the director of the innovative Doctor of Management programme (DMan) at the University of Hertfordshire. The programme has an international reputation for its work on the implications of complexity theories for organisations. He is also research theme leader for the research group Managing Complex Change at the university. 
He teaches on the MA and MBA programmes at UH, has worked with PhD, executive leadership students and executive leadership MA programme students across Europe. He has been guest lecturer at SOAS, the Copenhagen Business School, The University of Southern Denmark, McMaster University, Canada, Nyenrode Business University the Netherlands, the University of Costa Rica, San Jose, UTS Sydney, MMIT Melbourne and the Institute of Leadership and Management. Chris also works part time as an organisational consultant and evaluator specialising in management development, strategy and evaluation work. Chris is particularly interested in management practice in the public sector and international NGOs and the implications of insights from the complexity sciences for the everyday experience of getting things done in organisations and he mentors chief executives and senior managers.
Jyoti Banerjee (130x130)
Jyoti Banerjee
Project Director,
International Integrated Reporting Council

Jyoti focuses on innovation, strategy and holistic thinking. He is still learning how to do this, though he has had twenty years of experience consulting on business strategy for leading technology firms, driving four tech-related start-ups in business application software and B2B publishing.  He is on the investment committee of a venture fund that invests in ethical businesses in emerging markets. He co-developed (with Gerd Kortuem) a Software Entrepreneurship MBA elective course for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His work on MK:Smart, a smart cities initiative in Milton Keynes, has encouraged him to develop an Integrated Impacts Framework for Cities.

Jyoti has advised the International Integrated Reporting Council since its inception, focusing on strategy, innovation and new projects. As part of this work, he leads the IIRC's work on the <IR> Technology Initiative.

Kevin Kerrigan (130x130)
Professor Kevin Kerrigan
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean,
Sheffield Business School and Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Kerrigan is the pro vice-chancellor (enterprise) and dean of Sheffield Business School which is the largest modern business school in the UK, with more than 7500 students from more than 100 countries across the world and 360 staff.   As Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerrigan leads the enterprise agenda across the University, helping to transform the way that we work so that experience-based learning is an integral part of education for all its students. 
He is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has combined his academic career with professional practice as a solicitor for 20 years.  He is Human Rights Act consultant and has conducted litigation in courts at all levels.  Professor Kerrigan is also a member of the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Committee.
He is the author of several books and numerous peer reviewed journal articles in the fields of ethics, professional education, litigation and human rights and regularly gives keynote addresses at conferences around the world. His main interest is experiential education and learning through service to others and he is a leading expert on university law clinics and business consultancy services. 
Simon Taylor (130x130)
Simon Taylor
Director of Financial Services,
Sheffield Hallam University
Simon Taylor, Director of Financial Services at Sheffield Hallam University is a participant in the Advanced HE project for Integrated Thinking & Reporting and also a member of the Board of Governors at Barnsley College which is one of the top rated Further Education providers in the UK.
With 20 years finance related experience largely in the private sector Simon joined SHU 2 years ago and is currently working on various projects around the University including the financing of the University’s campus masterplan which is a 20 year project to completely redevelop and transform the University’s estate. 
In the last 2 years Simon has remarked on the considerable shift in the organisation and the sector to drive accountability and value for money throughout and is confident that the Advanced HE IT&R Project can help achieve this.
Martin McCracken (130x130)
Dr Martin McCracken
Research Director, Business and Management,
Ulster University
Martin McCracken is the research director for Ulster University Business School and is a senior lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. He is the editor of Education and Training and Associate editor of Leadership and Organisational Development Journal and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of a number of influential journals such as Employee Relations and The European Journal of Training and Development. 
Martin obtained his PhD from Edinburgh Napier University in 2002 and has been actively researching issues connected to Leadership Effectiveness; Human Resource Development / Management; Employability, and Organisational Change. He has published his work in a number of leading academic journals including Work Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Development International and the European Management Journal, and has played a key role in carrying out UK research projects commissioned by (amongst others): Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; the Department for Education and Employment; Sector Skills Development Agency and Leonardo Da Vinci Research Programme (EU).
Mark McCrory (130x130)
Mark McCrory
Lecturer in Management,
Ulster University
Mark is a chartered psychologist, lecturer in Management and course director for the Executive MBA and MBA FT programmes with the Ulster University Business School. He lectures predominantly on: people management and development; coaching; occupational psychology; and consultancy skills.
He is a co-investigator on ‘Leadership Journeys: Tracking the Challenge and Impact of the Top Management Programme’, a four-year longitudinal study designed to evaluate the key aspects of TMP.  Mark has a particular interest in evaluation, he is currently completing a PhD part-time in evaluation of leadership development and is a member of the Regional Community of Practice on Evaluation for the NI Health and Social Services. He also serves as a committee member on the Northern Ireland board of the Chartered Management Institute. 
Prior to joining the University, he was a senior consultant for ITS Ltd (International Training Services) delivering assessment and development projects in partnership with clients in Northern Ireland, the Republic, across the UK and Europe.  His earlier career was in learning and development and human resource management within the NI health service.
Neil Marriot (130x130)
Professor Neil Marriot
Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
University of Winchester
Professor Neil Marriott was appointed as deputy vice-chancellor in January 2013. He previously held the position of pro vice-chancellor (Business Development) and dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport at the University of Winchester and Director of Winchester Business School.
Before joining Winchester, Neil was the Associate Dean of the Business School at the University of South Wales where he was Professor of Accounting and Finance.
Professor Marriott is the editor in chief of International Journal of Management Education and Associate Editor of The British Accounting Review. He was Chair of the British Accounting and Finance Association for two years and Chair of their Special Interest Group in Accounting Education for 13 years.
Paul Inman (130x130)
Paul Inman
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, 
Oxford Brookes University
Paul Inman is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University. He has served as a member of the University’s senior management team since 2011 leading on the portfolio of international student recruitment, having previously overseen the University’s civic and community engagement.
He leads a faculty which is home to sector-leading teaching, research and knowledge exchange in Fine Art, Film and Digital Media, Music, Publishing, Computing, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment. The faculty is comprised of approximately 4000 students, over 400 staff and houses a number of internationally recognised research centres.
Paul led the initiative to establish a Confucius Institute in Oxford in 2016; was a founding director and chair of the board of governors of the University Technical College Swindon; serves as a member of Council at Ruskin College, Oxford; is a trustee of Photography Oxford (the biannual photography festival); and served previously as a board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and as a director of 15 Cornwall, the restaurant and social enterprise set up by TV chef, Jamie Oliver.
In 2013, he was Co-Investigator on a £270,000 project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), documenting the building of a Bronze Age boat at the National Maritime Museum. Under his leadership the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment is now the academic unit delivering over half of the University’s research grant capture, and every School within the faculty contains world-leading teaching (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
Prior to moving to Oxford, Paul was Director of the School of Media at Falmouth University where he led on a rapid growth agenda, introducing a range of new disciplines (including Press and Editorial Photography, Creative Advertising and Digital Media), and achieved national recognition for the university as a Skillset Media Academy. He also helped develop a new campus in Cornwall in partnership with the University of Exeter and as one of the Academic Leads helped negotiate a successful merger with Dartington College of Arts.
Paul led the internationally regarded Television Production subject area at Bournemouth University, and later as a senior manager there, developed access and diversity strategies which helped establish the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the UK's first Skillset Screen Academy.
Paul has had a parallel career as a filmmaker and television producer. Alongside his broadcast work, he has produced cinema commercials, films and educational videos for leading mental health charities, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Youth Justice Board. He managed Storylines, a filmmaking project in West Africa and England for the British Council, and was Associate Producer on The Mental Health Testimony Project, a filmed oral history of long-term psychiatric patients for the British Library. He was also the founding director of Source FM community radio station.
Vijaya Nath (130x130)
Vijaya Nath
Advance HE

Vijaya brings over 26 years of experience in leadership development in the private and not-for-profit sectors. For the past 18 years she has worked with healthcare leaders across the UK and internationally. She has significant experience in the design of innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy.

As director of leadership development at the King's Fund, Vijaya established a portfolio of interventions including networks, open programmes and thought leadership. She has published papers on leadership development and is a visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management. Vijaya is a facilitator, chair and Trustee for the Windsor Leadership Trust.  

Gay Haskins (130x130)
Gay Haskins
Associate Fellow,
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 
Gay is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, working particularly with international clients and programmes. Until October 2010 Gay was Dean of Executive Education and CEO of Oxford Saïd Business School Ltd. In this role she was responsible for the development of a growing portfolio of intellectually rigorous, broadening and relevant diploma and open enrolment programmes and for the design and delivery of customised programmes that really make a difference to the performance of client organisations around the world.
Under her leadership, Executive Education at the School more than doubled in revenues and has also obtained a high ranking in the annual Financial Times Survey of Executive Education, placing the School among the world’s leading business schools. As well, one of the customised programmes (for MAN AG in Germany) received the annual award of the European Foundation for Management Development for excellence in custom programmes. Growth was mainly fuelled by internalisation with an increasing number of clients in the Middle East, India, China and South East Asia.
Before this, Gay spent eleven years at London Business School as Director of External Relations (2003 to 2006) and Associate Dean of Executive Education (1995 to 2001). Between 2001 and 2002, she was seconded as Associate Dean to establish Executive Education at the Indian School of Business (ISB), established in partnership with London Business School, Kellogg and Wharton. ISB now runs a highly successful portfolio of programmes and has achieved international standing in a very short space of time. She has also served on London Business School’s Governing Body.
Between October 1990 and December 1994, Gay was Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels. EFMD is Europe’s leading network of worldwide organisations from business, business schools and the public sector involved in the continuous enhancement of management development worldwide. EFMD also coordinates a range of projects on behalf of the European Union. A key achievement during her tenure was the establishment of the now highly regarded China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Gay was the first woman to be appointed to this top-level European position. Earlier, Gay was Director of The Economist Newspaper’s Conferences.
Gay has an MBA with distinction from York University, Canada. She has co-authored various papers and reports on management development and corporate social responsibility and is a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network. She was awarded the 1995 prize of the Sven Ake Nilsson Memorial Fund in Sweden in recognition of her contribution to management development. She is a member of the Royal Society of Arts. She has also served on the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body at the invitation of the Prime Minister.


Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit and Compassion – will explore many themes throughout the day including how higher education is changing and what it means to be a leader now, and behavioural and cultural change.


Registration & Networking



  • Alison Johns, CEO, Advance HE
  • Nigel Carrington, Chair of the Board, Advance HE, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London


Wisdom, Grit & Compassion: How critical are they in the 21st century for UK higher education leaders?

Panel Chair

  • Doug Parkin, Programme Director, Advance HE

Panel speakers

  • Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Professor Mike Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire
  • Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University


Refreshment Break


Parallel Workshops 

Complexify, don’t simplify. Thinking about transformational change from a complexity perspective 

Drawing on insights from the complexity sciences to try and understand some ‘transformational change’ projects in the higher education sector.

  • Professor Chris Mowles, Director of the Doctor of Management Programme, University of Hertfordshire

Let's talk value

Using the concept of Integrated Thinking and Reporting as a backdrop to explore what assets and resources HEIs have, for example, relationships, intellectual capital, and employees, and how we use those assets in our strategy to create and demonstrate value in a holistic way. 

  • Jyoti Banerjee, Project Director, International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Professor Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Dean, Sheffield Business School and Sheffield Hallam University
  • Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester
  • Simon Taylor, Director of Financial Services, Sheffield Hallam University

Executive Isolation

In this workshop, we draw upon the causes and effects of what has been termed “Executive Isolation” for senior leaders in the HE Sector. We examine a number of strategies which might be employed to grow one’s network and how we can think with more wisdom about what kind of people we really need to network with to allow us to continue to be effective.

  • Dr Martin McCracken, Research Director, Business and Management, Ulster University
  • Mark McCrory, Lecturer in Management, Ulster University


Networking Lunch


Parallel workshops 

AI - The Robot VC

The workshop will enable you to ask the right questions of yourself and your senior team, with regards to the implications and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for HE leadership. Might we see a 'robot VC' and might AI compromise grit, wisdom and compassion?

  • Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
  • Vijaya Nath, Associate, Advance HE

Living Values: The leadership challenge of aligning organisation and indiviual values

Exploring the challenges of developing and delivering values-based leadership in an increasingly complex, competitive and commercialised higher education environment.
  • Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Kindness in Leadership

Exploring findings concerning the meaning, importance and value of kindness in leadership, and the positive impact that this can have both on staff morale and engagement, and on customer relations.

  • Gay Haskins, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Professor Mike Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire


Refreshment Break


Keynote: David Taylor, The Naked Leader

What does it mean to be an authentic leader and how the themes of wisdom, grit & compassion essential?


Closing Plenary 

  • Alison Johns, CEO, Advance HE
  • Nigel Carrington, Chair of the Board, Advance HE, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London


Drinks Reception & Networking

Advance HE reserves the right to make changes to the programme at any time.

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        5. The experience of BME academics in higher education: aspirations in the face of inequality
        6. Challenges for the leadership of transnational education in higher education: balancing risk and innovation
        7. The employability agenda and beyond: what are universities for?
        8. Governance in a changing environment: literature review
        9. Governance in a changing environment: thought piece
        10. The governance of private higher education providers in the UK
        11. Leading academic talent to a successful future: an international perspective
        12. Leading academic talent to a successful future: interviews with leaders, managers and academics
        13. Out in Orbit: strategies and trajectories for higher education satellite campuses
        14. Neo-collegiality: restoring academic engagement in the managerial university
        15. Trends in Governance: Universities in the Southern, African Development, Community
        16. Action Learning as a Tool for Change and Development: The Experience of Registrars and Senior Administrative Officers in Southern Africa
        17. Registrars and Senior Administrative Officers as Change Leaders in Southern African Universities
        18. The Changing Role of the University Registrar: Challenges and Prospects in Southern African Higher Education Institutions
        19. Report from the: Programme for University Leaders in the Southern African Region (PULSAR)
        20. Leading the Student Experience: Academic and Professional Services in Partnership
        21. A Complexity Approach to Leadership Development: Developing Practical Judgement
        22. Performance Management in UK Higher Education Institutions: The need for a hybrid approach
      8. 2013 Research
        1. Humanities Research Leadership in Europe
        2. Credit Risk? Reviving credit accumulation and transfer in UK higher education
        3. What do we know about: Collaborations and Partnerships in Higher Education
        4. Leadership of Practice Disciplines in Universities: The case of nurses and teachers
        5. Devolution and Higher Education: What next?
        6. Leadership for a better student experience: What do senior executives need to know?
        7. Horizon Scanning: what will higher education look like in 2020
        8. Leading interdisciplinarity: creating environments for success
        9. Using International Recruitment Agents: Risks and Regulation?
        10. Staffing Models and Institutional Flexibility
        11. Leading change in assessment and feedback
        12. Women and Higher Education Leadership: Absences and Aspirations
        13. Internationalising the curriculum: Design, delivery and depth
        14. Losing our Chains?
      9. 2012 Research
        1. What do we know about leadership in higher education?
        2. Leadership development within the UK higher education: its impact on organisational performance, and the role of evaluation
        3. The Future of English Higher Education: two scenarios on the changing landscape
        4. Disruptive Innovation and the higher education ecosystem post-2012
        5. Academic Leadership: Changing Conceptions, Identities and Experiences in UK Higher Education
        6. Leading the Student Experience: Super-Convergence of Organisation, Structure and Business Processes
        7. Leadership for Improved Academic Enterprise
        8. Leadership and Innovation Lessons from Professional Services Firms
        9. Leading Culturally Diverse Communities in Higher Education: A Self Assessment and Improvement Tool to Support Equality and Diversity Strategies Toolkit and Toolkit as Form
        10. Inequality and higher education: marketplace or social justice?
        11. Collaborations and Mergers in HE: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects
      10. 2011 Research
        1. Developing the whole student: leading higher education initiatives that integrate mind and heart
        2. A Review of Higher Education Collaborations Across Wales
        3. Higher Education Collaborations: Implications for Leadership, Management and Governance
        4. Enabling equality: furthering disability equality for staff in higher education
        5. A guide to offshore staffing strategies for UK universities
        6. Leadership and Management of International Partnerships
        7. A Framework for Identifying Governing Body Effectiveness in Higher Education
      11. 2010 Research
        1. Higher Education Futures: Key Themes and Implications for Leadership and Management
        2. Understanding Career Motivation in Higher Education, Analysis of Agregated Results from 2009 Benchmarking Study
        3. Conversations and Collaborations: The Leadership of Collaborative Projects between Higher Education and the Arts and Cultural Sector
        4. A Guide to Scenario Planning in Higher Education
      12. 2009 Research
        1. Baseline Study of Leadership Development in Higher Education 2009
        2. Diversity In Higher Education: Leadership Responsibilities and Challenges
        3. Mapping Leadership Development in Higher Education: A Global Study
        4. Departmental Leadership of Teaching in Research-Intensive Environments
        5. The Management of Academic Workloads: Improving Practice in the Sector
        6. The Role and Influence of the Secretary in UK Higher Education Governing Bodies
        7. Effective Leadership in Higher Education
        8. Governing bodies, equality and diversity A handbook for governors of higher education institutions
        9. What is an Effective and High Performing Governing Body in UK Higher Education?
      13. 2008 Research
        1. Professional Managers in UK Higher Education: Preparing for Complex Futures
        2. The Composition, Challenges and Changes in the Top Team Structures of UK Higher Education Institutions
        3. The Characteristics, Roles and Selection of Vice-Chancellors
        4. Developing Collective Leadership in Higher Education
      14. 2007 Research
        1. Human Resource Management and University Performance
        2. UK Universities and Executive Officers: The Changing Role of Pro-Vice-Chancellors
        3. Effective Leadership in Higher Education
        4. The Management of Academic Workloads
        5. Higher Education Leadership of Regional and Local Regeneration Partnerships: Learning from good practice
      15. Research Order Form
      16. Small Development Projects
        1. Small Development Projects 2018
        2. Small Development Projects 2017
        3. Small Development Projects 2016
        4. Small Development Projects 2015
        5. Small Development Projects 2014
        6. Small Development Projects 2013
        7. Small Development Projects 2012
        8. Small Development Projects 2011
        9. Small Development Projects 2010
        10. Small Development Projects 2008-09
        11. Advice from Previous SDP Leaders
      17. ITF Projects
        1. ITF-2016 Phase 3
        2. ITF 2014 Phase 2
        3. ITF 2012 Phase 1
        4. Case Studies
        5. What they say about the Innovation and Transformation Fund
    3. Publications Hub
      1. Research Leader's Impact Toolkit Publications
      2. Getting to Grips
      3. HELMs
        1. Leading higher education
        2. Motivating and developing leaders
        3. Leadership and work-life balance
        4. Governors' views of their institutions, leadership and governance
      4. Leadership Insights
      5. Management Development Resources
      6. Reports and Reviews
        1. Researching and Scoping a Higher Education and Civic Leadership Development Programme
      7. ENGAGE Past Editions
        1. ENGAGE 38 - summer 2015
        2. ENGAGE 37 - spring 2015
        3. ENGAGE 36 - autumn 2014
        4. ENGAGE 35 - summer 2014
        5. ENGAGE 34 - spring 2014
        6. ENGAGE 33 - autumn 2013
        7. ENGAGE 32 - summer 2013
        8. Engage Unlimited
        9. Engage 2 Book Review
    4. Resource Hub
      1. Integrated Thinking & Reporting
        1. Information and resources
        2. Relevant Factors and Characteristics
        3. Let's talk value
      2. Diversity
        1. Strategy
        2. Key Leadership and Diversity Projects
        3. Equality Legislation
        4. Diversity Advisory Group
        5. Diversity talks
      3. Research Outcomes
        1. Research Leader's Impact Toolkit
        2. The Self Assessment Toolkit
      4. Changing the Learning Landscape
        1. Impact
        2. Partners
        3. Interactive Toolkit
      5. Organisational Development
        1. OD Mapping Project
      6. Case Studies
      7. LGM Fund Outcomes
      8. Succession Management
        1. What is it?
        2. Why do it?
        3. How it's done
        4. Case Studies
        5. Tools
  5. Governance
    1. Governors
      1. Becoming a governor
      2. What is governance?
      3. Governor responsibilities
        1. Academic governance and quality
        2. Compliance and regulation
        3. Commercial operations
        4. International students and developments
        5. Risk management
        6. Students
        7. Strategic plans
        8. Monitoring performance
    2. Governing bodies
      1. Audit Committee
      2. Nominations committee
      3. Remuneration
      4. Employment
      5. Finance
      6. Estates
    3. Operating context
    4. Academic Governance
      1. Enablers
      2. Case Studies
        1. Arts University Bournemouth
        2. City University
        3. King's College London
        4. University of Leicester
        5. University of Salford
        6. University of the West of England
        7. Queen's University Belfast
        8. Ulster University
        9. Cardiff University
        10. University of South Wales
        11. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
        12. Mid-Kent College
        13. Newcastle College Group
        14. Belfast Metropolitan College
        15. Grwp NPTC
      3. New Governors
        1. New Governors - Key Terms
        2. New Governors - Key Organisations
        3. New Governors - Quality, Standards & Enhancements
        4. New Governors - Academic Assurance
        5. New Governors - Other Key Terms
      4. Practical Advice
      5. Have your say
    5. Resource bank
      1. Features
      2. Governance News
      3. Previous news alerts
        1. Alternative providers and student debt in the US: could it happen in the UK?
        2. Is institutional autonomy under threat?
        3. Managing the board
        4. OECD Report suggests some higher education students lack basic skills
        5. Five issues for HEI governing bodies
        6. Whistleblowing and gagging clauses
        7. The failure of HBOS
        8. Financial forecasts for English HEIs
        9. Governance changes proposed in the HE Green paper
        10. FEHE SORP 2015 Donations & Endowments
        11. Board diversity - the Davis Review
        12. Information systems and cyber security
        13. Does a change in leadership lead to a change in strategy?
        14. FIFA and corporate governance
        15. Volkswagen
        16. Sustainability
        17. Review of governance at Plymouth University
        18. Equality and diversity and governing bodies
        19. A Changing Agenda
        20. Role and effectiveness of audit committees
        21. Governance of Scottish Higher Education Institutions: Consulative Paper on HE Bill
        22. Governance issues at Tesco
        23. Student visas
        24. Governance at the Co-op
        25. HE funding - IFS report
        26. Removal of student number control
        27. Governance issues in the private sector
        28. Governance at the BBC
        29. Reforms to how higher education in England is regulated
        30. HBOS & London Met: case studies in governance
        31. New IPPR report on HE
        32. Moocs are coming
        33. Increasing diversity
        34. Kids Company
      4. Getting-to-grips
      5. Useful websites
      6. Codes of governance
        1. CUC Code of Governance
        2. UK Corporate Governance Code
      7. Research on governance in higher education
      8. Book reviews
      9. HE facts
      10. Illustrative Practice Notes
      11. Roundtable notes
    6. Governance Briefing Notes
      1. 27. Governing bodies and culture
      2. 26. The new regulatory approach to HE in England
      3. 25. The factors that influence whether governance is effective?
      4. 24. Benefits and impact
      5. 23. Competitive pressures
      6. 22. Corporate ethics and values
      7. 21. Personal ethics and values
      8. 20. Legal requirements and regulation
      9. 19. Estates
      10. 18. Finance
      11. 17. Employment
      12. 16. Remuneration
      13. 15. Nominations committee
      14. 14. Audit committee
      15. 13. The governance system and assessing effectiveness
      16. 12. Size, composition and skills available to the governing body
      17. 11. Monitoring performance
      18. 10. Strategic plan
      19. 09. Students
      20. 08. Risk management
      21. 07. International students and collaborations
      22. 06. Commercial operations
      23. 05. Regulations and compliance
      24. 04. Academic governance and quality
      25. 03. The workings of a governing body
      26. 02. Governance and management
      27. 01. Becoming a governor
    7. Equality and Diversity Toolkit
      1. Overview
      2. Overseeing compliance
        1. The Equality Act 2010
        2. Governance Codes
        3. Overseeing E&D
        4. Reports Governors might use
        5. Case study: Bath
        6. Championing E&D
        7. Case study: ManMet
        8. Case study: Cardiff
      3. Competitive Advantage
        1. Competing in a global market
        2. Improving staff diversity
        3. Case study: Exeter
      4. Issues and Challenges
        1. Student inequalities
        2. Staff inequalities
        3. Assessing specific E&D issues
      5. Value
        1. Increasing focus
        2. Gender diversity data
        3. Improving diversity
        4. Case study 1: UWS
        5. Case study 2: UWS
      6. Questions and Resources
        1. Resources
    8. Board Diversification
    9. Self-Assessment Tool
    10. Governing Body Effectiveness
    11. Governor Development Programme Evaluation
    12. Governor Dialogues
  6. International
    1. International Engagement
    2. International Reference Group
    3. International Case Studies
  7. Membership
    1. Membership benefits and services
      1. Membership logos
        1. Download the membership logos
    2. How to join
    3. National and regional contacts
      1. Abbie McKenna
      2. Cindy Vallance
      3. Gary Reed
      4. Jean Chandler
      5. Judy Harris
      6. Lesly Huxley
      7. Meriel Box
      8. Rebecca Bull
    4. Membership advisory group
    5. Membership development support
    6. Management Development Resources
      1. Download MDR1: Managing Effective Performance
      2. Download MDR2: Managing Change in HE
      3. Download MDR3: Emotional Intelligence, Personal Impact and Personal Effectiveness
      4. Download MDR4: Lean Management: Doing more with less
      5. Download MDR5: The Current HE Context: Drivers for change
      6. Download MDR6: Commercial Skills for Academics and Researchers
      7. MDR7: Caught in the Middle
        1. MDR7 Contents
        2. Download MDR7: Caught in the Middle
      8. Download MDR8: Working with Academic Motivation and Prestige
    7. Knowledge Bank
    8. Membership community
      1. Members' Directory
    9. Ten great reasons to be a Leadership Foundation member
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