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Introduction to HE for Professional Services Staff

Date: 4th July 2022

Location: Online - 10.30am - 2.30pm

Price: Free

Bookings have now closed - please contact bookings@hespa.ac.uk for more information

This is a joint event and open to members of AUDE, BUFDG, HESPA and UHR - please click on the appropriate ticket when booking your place - please choose one ticket only.

Programme Aim

This is a one day development event aimed at all professional services staff within their first year of working in HE, who need to grasp the complexities and political environment of HE, and the implications for operating and influencing effectively.  

The event will run from 10.30am - 2.30pm.  This page will be updated when the agenda is confirmed.

 Who should attend? This programme is open to all professional services staff.  If you wish to enquire about the suitability of the programme for yourself or a colleague, please contact naomi@uhr.ac.uk , rachel@bufdg.ac.uk , lianne@aude.ac.uk or jennifer@hespa.ac.uk 


10.30am An overview of UK Higher Education 

Differences and similarities with other sectors; HE governance, funding, sustainability; the different structures seen in ‘pre and ‘post’ 1992 HEIs; charitable status; accounting and public body status; competition and collaboration; freedom of action and constraints

David O'Hara, Principal Associate - Professional Support Lawyer , Education, Eversheds Sutherland

11.30-11.45am Break

11.45am What are the current challenges facing the sector and how is the sector working to address them? 

A horizon scan of the current challenges HE is facing now and in the next 5 years. 

Kim Frost, University Trustee and Human Resources Consultant

12.45-1.30pm Break

1.30pm The culture of the sector and the skills required to navigate it.

This session will explore some of the skills needed to operate effectively within HE, including building relationships, offering reasoned argument and how Professional Service staff can support operational strategy in an academically challenging and intellectually rigorous environment.  

Panel Chair, Karel Thomas, Executive Director, British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG).

Panel Members:

  • Eran Kochlany, Chief Financial Officer, Solent University.
  • Chris Hinge, Director of Estates Planning and Services, University of Westminster.
  • Neil Henderson, Human Resources Director, University of West London.

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To be sure of a place, early booking is recommended. 

Bookings have now closed - please contact bookings@hespa.ac.uk for more information



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