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Just a Minute…….Governance Practice in the New Normal

Published on Feb 16, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Governance

Just a Minute…….Governance Practice in the New Normal Being ever the optimist, I am making plans for returning to face to face meetings sooner rather than later and, in relation to committee administration, a few positives have emerged as a result of the global pandemic.  I am no longer overly worried about anyone requesting remote […]

Unlocking your data capability

Published on Feb 1, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Unlocking your data capability If you put “data” into Google you get 8.97 billion results.  For comparison, “Covid” gets 6.55 billion, “Trump” gets 1.78 billion, “Brexit” gets 182 million.  There are many reasons why data has become big, not least of which is the development of technologies and protocols to capture data easily, store vast […]

Wellbeing: Rhetoric or Reality?

Published on Jan 14, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Something’s been nagging at me through the holiday season. I’ve been pondering a theme in the corporate messaging that seemed to emerge in the final few weeks of the year, shared with me by a number of my coachees (from within and beyond the HE sector) and observed by others on a couple of social […]

Admissions in the headlines – again

Published on Dec 4, 2020 / 1 Comment

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Admissions in the headlines – again University admissions usually hits the headlines when something goes wrong, either individually or collectively at a university or national level. A case in point being the fiasco of August 2020, when universities made acceptance decision for home undergraduates on the basis of the grades provided by the examinations boards, […]

Business Continuity planning redefined – will you be resilient in the next crisis?

Published on Nov 25, 2020 / 1 Comment

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Business Continuity planning redefined – will you be resilient in the next crisis? When the first wave of COVID-19 hit you probably did have ‘pandemic’ somewhere on your business continuity plan. You may well have reached for that plan – or perhaps your hastily established crisis management team just got on with it. Sadly, the […]

Global Perspectives for a Hopeful Future

Published on Nov 11, 2020 / No Comments

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Global Perspectives for a Hopeful Future I suppose that every British university, and most of those in other countries, says something like: ‘We help our students and staff develop as global citizens’.  If universities fail to do this, and fail to recognise an obligation to do so, there must be something wrong! At a time […]

Professional Services – ready for new operating models?

Published on Oct 15, 2020 / 1 Comment

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Work and Covid

Professional Services – ready for new operating models? The academic year just starting will be extremely challenging for all HE institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has required changes in methods of delivery and operation as well as putting significant financial pressure on the sector. In this context many institutions will be reviewing their strategies and plans […]

Cost reduction and compliance in the student experience

Published on Sep 16, 2020 / No Comments

Category: AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Cost Reduction and Compliance in the Student Experience – Facing the Challenge As universities adjust to the post Covid world and university finance departments struggle with how to absorb new costs while significant income streams are more volatile and vulnerable than ever before, senior managers and governing bodies may be wondering how much of what […]

Time for a rethink?

Published on Sep 4, 2020 by Steph O'Halloran / No Comments

Category: AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Work and Covid

Is now the time for a rethink of your strategy?  Boris Johnson said there will be plenty of opportunity in the future to review how the Government responded to Covid-19, but for universities – why wait?  John Lewis, an organisation loved by many, appears to have had a very successful brainstorming session considering just that.  […]

EDI: another casualty of Covid-19?

Published on Aug 20, 2020 by Pete Quinn / No Comments

Category: AUA Consulting , AUA Updates , Work and Covid

Whether via Anti Racism, #MeToo, Diversfying the Curriculum, LGBTQ+, Anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia (to name a few) it should now be clear that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) matters are critical imperatives for organisations to address; not something to engage with now and again or as an afterthought. This is also the case in relation to […]