Advance HE: boards of merging agencies announce ‘supergroup’ name

New body to bring together Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

January 29, 2018
REF linguistics languages merger manchester
Source: istock

A new UK sector agency comprising of the Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has been named as Advance HE.

The merger follows recommendations  made in a report published in January last year, commissioned by Universities UK and GuildHE.

Conducting a review of the UK’s higher education agencies, Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading, advised the creation of a “new, more responsive and holistic sector agency”. 

The new entity will support universities in their ongoing development of learning and teaching, equality and diversity, and leadership and governance in higher education, both in the UK and globally.

Alison Johns, chief executive-designate of Advance HE, said that the new name reflected the group’s mission to “strive for excellence” across the sector. 

“It also emphasises our vision is to keep moving forward and looking to enhance higher education wherever it is found and for all. We look forward to working in partnership with universities in the UK and internationally, both now and in the future,” she said.

The three existing agencies have already established a number of joint working groups to support the transition to a single agency, with the structures for the new agency due to be in place for 1 August this year.

rachael.pells@timeshighereducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments