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Higher Education in 2017 – The Key Issues

How do you think universities should adapt to the current political climate? Can HE survive as a coherent sector in the context of devolution? Is the role of universities in society changing? These are some of the big questions we asked AHUA members during a recent conference in Belfast. Here’s what they said…


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Universities and General Elections – The Rules

With the General Election taking place on Thursday 8 June, Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education at Shakespeare Martineau, and Mark Garratt, Director of External Affairs at the University of Bradford give advice on the potential issues that universities should be aware of when supporting the election process.


Andy Dodman, Chief Operating Officer, University of Sheffield

Meet Our Members: Andy Dodman, University of Sheffield

Andy Dodman recently joined the AHUA after taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this he worked as the University’s Director of HR, and brings to the role a people-led approach to management, with particular expertise and interest in personal wellbeing, happiness, and engagement in the workplace.


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HEFCE Accountability Returns: Advice on Academic Assurances and Avoiding Burden

HEFCE’s ‘Revised operating model for quality assessment’ requires governing bodies to provide assurances on the quality of the student academic experience. In this blog post, Steve Denton, Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Nottingham Trent University, considers the impact of this requirement on our institutions and their governing bodies.


Helen Watson, Registrar and Secretary, Goldsmiths University of London

Meet Our Members: Helen Watson, Goldsmiths, University of London

Helen Watson joined Goldsmiths, University of London, as Registrar and Secretary in February 2017. The former Director of Planning at the University of Oxford studied Music at Exeter College and completed her MA in Higher and Professional Education at the Institute of Education. Prior to Oxford she held posts at City University and at Imperial College. Here she talks more about her new role.


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‘Til Brexit Do Us Part – 5 Actions To Take Now

There has been a lot of talk about Brexit, but how do businesses and higher education leaders expect Brexit to impact on them, and what steps are they taking to prepare? Jonathan Nicholls, former AHUA Chair, and now Director of Strategic and Policy Services (Education) at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, shares insights from their recent survey, and recommends five actions to take now.


Students at Liverpool Hope University

Meeting the Information Needs of Prospective Students

In his latest blog post, Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, considers the demands on universities to meet the requirements of the growing regulatory information agenda. How much information is too much? And is it really meeting students’ needs?


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Leadership Ethics in a Volatile World

Esa Hämäläinen, Chair of HUMANE (Heads of University Management and Administration in Europe) and Director of Administration of the University of Helsinki, considers the impact of the current political landscape on higher education and the role of universities in a post-truth society.