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Meet our Members: David Duncan

David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary at the University of Glasgow, discusses what his role encompasses as well as the challenges for his institution and the sector.


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GDPR: One Year On

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation came into force. In this blog post, Andrew Cornforth and Cerys Wyn Davies of Pinsent Masons reflect on the impact the new regulation has had on universities.


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Isn’t it Time That More University Registrars and COOs Became Vice-Chancellors?

Vice-Chancellors have traditionally followed an academic route to become leader of an institution, but increasingly they are coming to the role from different backgrounds, within or even outside the sector. In this blog post, Dr David Llewellyn, Vice-Chancellor at Harper Adams University shares his leadership story.


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The Art of Augar: Hitting the Right Notes or a Little Off Key?

On Thursday 30th May 2019, the long-anticipated review of post-18 education and funding was launched. Never before has a government review been so quickly and thoroughly dissected, discussed and analysed, but the implications of the review will take longer to realise. In this blog post, Helen Watson, Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, University of London, shares her initial thoughts.  


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Dealing with Communications During Reputational Crisis

Mike Shore-Nye, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Exeter, shares his recommendations on dealing with communications in a crisis, reminding us of the difference between ‘reputation’ and ‘character’.


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The Key Issues for Higher Education in 2019

At our Spring Conference in April 2019, we asked our members and conference speakers what challenges and issues they thought the UK higher education sector is facing in 2019. They comment on the financial health of the sector, the value for money challenge and how they are keeping their campus safe for students and staff.


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Integrated Thinking and Professional Services

Many organisations have adopted the principles of integrated thinking and reporting to help them navigate the changing expectations of different stakeholders. But what is integrated thinking in the context of higher education, and can it help professional services demonstrate value and make better business decisions for sustainable success?

In this blog post, Dr Colin Campbell, Director of Strategic Planning at Newcastle University, shares his views and experience.


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How to Have Fewer Nightmares

Jenny Shaw, Student Experience Director at Unite Students, reflects on how we can offer adequate mental health support to students living in private accommodation.