HESPA Development

HESPA Development is the name we use to refer to our learning and development, or training, activity.

HESPA Development is the name we use to refer to our learning and development, or training, activity. Our ‘Gold’ individual members make up a large and diverse group which offers us lots of scope to run a variety of sessions at different levels and covering a broad array of topics.

Core Training

We are very lucky to operate with a hugely active and engaged community and we couldn’t offer such high quality, relevant and tailored training without the support of our members.

We use the ‘Strategic planning in HE’ table on page x (section 3) to help steer our offering and ensure that we are representing all member needs and interests. 

Most of our core training activities fit into one of three categories and are priced accordingly, but there can be odd sessions which sit outside of this structure.
1. Premium training with a paid-for speaker/presenter
2. Member-led core planner training
3. Special Interest Group-led ‘good practice days’

We offer a combination of face-to-face and virtual sessions and more information about the current programme can be found in the Development section of our website.

HESPA Forums

These are informal gatherings of planners which are free to attend and take place via MS Teams. Members can book onto these via the website and they usually last for one hour and cover a specific topic. Prior knowledge of any of the topics is not required, it is merely a platform for member engagement and you can join to share information or to ask questions. These are not chaired or facilitated by a staff member, but are a friendly and informal opportunity for peer-to-peer support on a particular topic.

Annual Conference

Our annual conference takes place every February and is a renowned sector gathering to which we welcome between 200-300 delegates. It attracts high profile speakers from across the sector and beyond,  discussing a range of topics including strategy, policy, market research, data analytics, league tables, horizon scanning, academic research planning and management and many more. Sessions are a combination of key notes, break out workshops, business sessions and good practice ‘hacks’ and we also usually enjoy a gala dinner at which the winners of our Annual HESPA Awards are announced.

Upcoming Events

We run a number of events during the year.

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The HESPA Mentoring scheme is open to all HESPA members and aims to pair mentors with mentees to develop specific areas of expertise related to strategy and planning.

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Annual Conference

Our annual conference takes place every February and is a renowned sector gathering to which we welcome between 200-300 delegates.

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HESPA Awards

An annual celebration of the work of our members and our sector.

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HESPA Development Committee

They identify and discuss the training and development needs of HESPA members, and put together a comprehensive training and events schedule to support those needs.

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Showcasing Good Practice

Watch the recordings and download the slides from the week in September 2022.

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