Introduction to higher education


Thursday 14 December 2017

9 : 30AM to 4 : 40PM


This event will provide you with a thorough overview of the UK higher education sector including a brief look back at the historical development of the sector before looking at more recent changes and current influences.  There is a strong emphasis on understanding 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.

The details

Date: Thursday, 14 December 2017

Time: 9:30 to 16:40

Venue: The Wesley Hotel, London

AUA member: £120 +VAT

Non member: £220 +VAT


Interested in this event? Take a look at our CPD Tools for HE Professionals event which we run the following day.  You can attend both for a discounted rate.

Can’t make this date? This event will run again in Manchester in June 2018.

Who is it for?

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.

What Professional Behaviours will I develop?






Who will be speaking?

Dr Matthew Andrews, University Sectary and Registrar, University of Gloucestershire

Matthew is University Secretary and Academic Registrar at the University of Gloucestershire, where he has worked since April 2016. Prior to that he was Academic Registrar and Director of Academic and Student Affairs at Oxford Brookes University (2008-16) and Director of the Graduate School (2005-08) and Director of Undergraduate Recruitment (2003-05) at Durham University. Matthew graduated from Durham University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology and an M.A. in Seventeenth Century Philosophy.  He also graduated from Northumbria University with an M.Sc. in Social Research.  He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University after researching higher education in the nineteenth century.


Dr Kenton Lewis MBE, Director and Principal Consultant, Kenton Lewis Associates

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.


Joanne Payne, AUA Trustee and Head of Professional Services Finance, University of Southampton

Joanne joined the University of Southampton in 2006 as Business Accountant for Estates & Facilities. She was promoted in 2010 to Head of Professional Services Finance for the former COO group, and then in 2015 to her current position as Head of all Professional Services Finance. Joanne is a graduate of Loughborough University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has previously worked in manufacturing industry for Manor Bakeries and Amphenol (engineering), and also in the retail sector for the Nuance Group (international duty & tax free retailers). Joanne is Treasurer and a Trustee of the AUA.