About this Event
We’ve adapted our popular Introduction to Higher Education event to be delivered as a webinar.
Keeping up with the changes in higher education is almost a full-time job, but engaging with the wider context and understanding the bigger picture is important if you are going to maximise the contribution you make to your organisation. This introduction to UK higher education provides you with an overview of the sector. A brief look back at the historical developments lays the foundation on which to explore the more recent changes and the current influences and their impact. We will outline how political, economic, social and academic considerations impact higher education, and you will be encouraged to reflect on how your own role and institution contributes to, and is influenced by, these external factors.
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This event is essential for all HE professionals. As a new entrant to the sector you will gain a thorough introduction to HE and as a current HE professionals you will deepen your knowledge allowing you to move your career forward.
Interested in becoming an AUA Member? Find out more and how to join here.
Details in brief
Location: Online via Zoom
Start time: 09:30
End time: 13:00
Fees: Member £45+VAT | Non-member £95+VAT
University Secretary and Registrar
Matthew is University Secretary and Registrar at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to that he was Academic Registrar and Director of Academic and Student Affairs at Oxford Brookes University. He started his career at Durham University where he held various posts including Director of the Graduate School and Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, and was a personal tutor at Hatfield College. Matthew holds degrees in Philosophy and Theology, Seventeenth Century Philosophy, and Social Research. In addition, he obtained his doctorate from Oxford University after researching higher education in the nineteenth century. Matthew is a long-standing member and Fellow of the AUA, having supported the work of the Association in numerous guises including as Chair for 2012-14. He is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) and sits on a number of national HE groups, including the UCAS Council. His interest in contemporary higher education policy and practice includes serving as a member of the editorial board for three professional journals in the UK, USA, and Australia.
Director and Principal Consultant
Kenton is an educational sociologist and an experienced manager, trainer and executive coach; his coaching client list includes middle and senior managers from across Higher Education. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Kenton worked for 18 years in higher education administration, management, leadership and governance. He has been a Trustee at the AUA, is a founding member and Trustee of The Bride Group (an independent, charitable social mobility policy association), and is a Lay Observer for the Ministry of Justice (PECS). Kenton holds Fellowship of the AUA, CMI and RSA, and is a Principal Fellow of the HEA. He has won multiple national and international awards for innovation in higher education, including the Lord Mayor of London Dragon Award, two e-Learning Age Awards, and the Guardian Public Service Award. He was recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours with an MBE for services to higher education.
AUA Treasurer and Deputy Director of Finance
Chris Trask is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Deputy Director of Finance at the University of Manchester since 2017. Since 2010 Chris has worked at the University of Manchester in a number of senior finance positions working directly with both Academic and professional services leadership teams. Previous work experience is within industry across a number of European countries. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 after working in accountancy practice in Bristol and London. Chris holds a degree in History from the University of Nottingham.
The higher education sector is not now nor has it ever been homogenous. Understanding this context puts the current sector into a sharper focus. The session therefore starts with a look into the historical development of higher education throughout the United Kingdom from the 11th Century to the present day.
Further information about how key developments in the sector, such as external examining and the classification system, arose and how these developments informed and continue to inform debates within the sector (whether or not the historical antecedents to current discussions are recognised).
Commentary on the current political view of the higher education sector and thoughts on the future.
Understanding what is meant by ‘higher educational sector’: the structure and organisation of the contemporary sector, including the role of providers of higher education, professional bodies, statutory organisations, and government. Current issues affecting the sector, and the forces shaping the agenda of governing bodies.
The changing financial environment: an overview of from where HEIs get their funds, and a review of funding and the impact of changes over recent years. Current issues and changing financial strategy in the sector.
Locating professional services functions in the broader context of Higher Education activity; starting to define who ‘we’ are.
An exploration of professionalism and the professional identity of professional services and managerial staff; addressing questions of what our professional identity is, could be and/or should be, as well as the extent to which our professional identity is fixed.
This final session will be interactive, with delegates debating and comparing. Instructions for the balloon debate will be sent to you closer to the event.
I found the webinar to be informative without being dry and enjoyed engaging and meeting colleagues… It was a great introduction to the world of HE.
Really enjoyed the passion evident in the speakers and their topics.
I particularly enjoyed the balloon debate because it enabled me to see other people’s point of view. It was also a novel way of prioritising key aspects of higher education.
I found the history of Higher Education fascinating and it is good to have more of an idea of the beginnings of the sector I have just joined.