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Andy Shenstone, director of consultancy and business development at the Leadership Foundation

Embracing Alternative Perspectives

Ahead of the AHUA’s Spring Conference in April, Andy Shenstone, director of consultancy and business development at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, looks at some of the key issues facing the governance of the UK’s HE sector. He will be discussing these themes further during a workshop at the conference in Ulster.


Australian Coat of Arms, Parliament House, Canberra

The Magic of a Spell Down Under

After working at various HE institutions in the UK, Philip Harvey moved to Australia to become Vice President Operations at the University of Canberra. Two years into the role, he reflects on the similarities and differences between the higher education sector in the UK and Australia. 


Andrea Bolshaw - Registrar and Secretary, Newman University

Meet Our Members: Andrea Bolshaw, Newman University

Andrea Bolshaw is Registrar and Secretary at Newman University, and Clerk to the University Council. She was worked in higher education for 20 years, and has experience of 5 very diverse institution. Here she gives insight into her role at her current institution.


Image credit: Nottingham University

Looking In After Stepping Out: A Global Perspective

Ian Creagh spent 20 years working in higher education leadership, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at King’s College London. He left this role last year, and now has a portfolio of roles within the higher education sector. Here he considers current challenges for the sector from an international perspective, and identifies issues that are common across the globe.


Meet our Members: Vicki Nairn, Robert Gordon University

Vicki Nairn claims to have a low boredom threshold and a high curiosity level – attributes that have served her well in her varied career, and current role as Vice Principal, Corporate Operations at Robert Gordon University.


Sharing Good Practice for Smarter Universities

Efficiency is high on the agenda of all university Registrars and COOs with an increasing need to demonstrate impact and to use resources efficiently and effectively. Here we bring together some of the contributions that AHUA members have made to the Efficiency Exchange, sharing best practice for smarter universities.


Photo credit: McCoy Wynne courtesy of University of Liverpool

2017 – Calming Waters or a Perfect Storm?

If 2016 taught us anything, it was that expectations do not always follow the predictable path. What had been built up as our ’norm’, over decades of lived experience, can be shattered in months – if not days. Vikki Goddard, Chief Operating Officer at Salford University, looks ahead to 2017 and predicts some turbulent times for universities, with a few brighter spells.


Lee Sanders, AHUA Chair and Registrar at the University of Birmingham

We Live In Interesting Times – Which Of Us Will Be Writing The Novel?

Lee Sanders, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Birmingham, took up the role of AHUA Chair on the 1st January 2017. Here he takes a look at some of the current issues facing the sector, and considers how we as individuals, and as the AHUA might influence the story over the coming months and years.


Jane Robinson, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Durham University

Meet Our Members: Jane Robinson, Durham University

Jane Robinson gives an insight into her role as Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Durham University. Jane joined Durham University in September 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive at Gateshead Council.


Graduates from the University of Nottingham

Ambitious Futures: Developing University Leaders

The role of university registrar or administrator might not be very well known or understood by graduates as they consider their future careers, so how do we identify and develop registrars, COOs and HE leaders of the future? Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, talks about the importance of the Ambitious Futures programme.