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Learning from AUA Consulting

Published on Apr 22, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Learning from AUA Consulting In 2019 AUA launched a consulting practice AUA Consulting as a new strand in our range of activities in the HE sector.  What have we learned as an association from this new initiative over the last two years?  How is AUA Consulting benefiting AUA, our members and the wider sector?  In […]

What are students ‘buying’ from universities?

Published on Mar 23, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

What are students ‘buying’ from universities? I was talking to a friend who works for British Airways recently, and commiserating with him over the disruption that Covid caused to his industry and the stress he must have faced in his job.  ‘Actually’, he said, ‘you had it worse in HE because we had contingency plans. […]

Professional Services – Future-Fit?

Published on Mar 3, 2021 / No Comments

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

Professional Services – Future-Fit? It’s now more than a year since the pandemic first hit the UK. It is hard to remember life and work in our institutions pre-COVID-19.  2021 will be potentially even more challenging for HE.  As Steve Smith highlighted in another AUA blog the rapid changes in methods of delivery and ways […]

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

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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

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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

Category: AUA Blog , AUA Consulting , AUA Updates

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 / 2 Comments

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 […]