Interest Groups > Strategy


Lead: Alison Rankin, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance, Ulster University

The main objective is to share ideas about good practice in institutional strategy development and implementation, particularly in relation to the role of senior strategic planners. Additionally, the network will consider key areas of thematic interest with reference to institutional strategy and development. The network will promote an awareness of relevant evidence, models and research literature which will complement the main practitioner based focus.

Terms of Reference:

  1. The group aims to provide a forum to share insights into the development and implementation of institutional level strategy. 

  1. The main objective being, to hold workshops, invite guest speakers, and share ideas about good practice, in institutional strategy development and implementation, particularly in relation to the role of senior strategic planners.

  1. To discuss and provide advice on a range of strategic interests.

Broad themes include:

                      i.        Strategy development and alignment

                    ii.        Operationalisation of strategy

                   iii.        Getting buy – in/Collective ownership and spreading the word institution – wide

                   iv.        Sustainable strategy implementation

                    v.        Combining strategy, statistics and performance

                   vi.        Strategy adaptation in a changing environment, including prioritisation in implementation and delivery in a changing environment

                  vii.        Developing team and people, making strategic thinkers, and distinguishing and organising responsibilities in strategy development and implementation

                 viii.        Exploration of the relationship between corporate strategy and other enabling/supporting strategies

  1. To proactively engage in and contribute to strategic planners across the sector.  The group will be of particular interest to senior members of strategic planning departments i.e. Directors, Deputy Directors and Heads.  It is expected that the group will predominately comprise staff who are working at a strategic level, alongside, and in support of senior management teams, in academic and professional services.

  2. When required, issues discussed at the working group may be escalated by the portfolio lead and presented at HESPA Executive.


  • The group is open to all members of HESPA.
  • The group Chair is Alison L Rankin – Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance at Ulster University, Northern Ireland

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