Advance HE supports universities in putting institutional strategy into practice for the benefit of students, staff and society.
We bring together HE-focused expertise in governance, leadership and management, teaching and learning, and equality, diversity and inclusion, to help you to deliver world-leading teaching, research and scholarship, your civic mission and student outcomes at your institution.
We do this through the provision of specialist knowledge and resources, externally recognised benchmarking and recognition schemes, and a member-focused, collaborative approach.
We are driven by the strategic needs of higher education. Through our passion for excellence we aim to create an inclusive culture that champions the continuous development of teaching, leadership and research. We use an evidence-based approach to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions.
Advance HE came into being in March 2018, following the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
Our vision is that the world-class reputation and standing of higher education is enhanced and recognised for transforming lives, enriching society and developing the economy for the better.
We are jointly owned by GuildHE and Universities UK, and are not part of the regulatory framework. We are about development focused on supporting the sectors desire to improve its own practice.
We create ‘safe places’ for the sector to address its challenges without the need for government intervention.
The Chair of the Board of Advance HE
Nigel Carrington is the vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London.
From 1987 to 2000, he was an international lawyer with Baker McKenzie, where he was also managing partner of the firm's London office (between 1994 and 1998) and chairman of its European region (between 1998 and 2000). From 2000 to 2007, he was managing director and deputy chairman of McLaren Group, the automotive technologies group. He holds a law degree from St John's College, Oxford, and studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Since 2005, he has held a number of non-executive roles in the charitable and public sectors, including as a non-executive director of University College London Hospitals, treasurer and trustee of Crisis, chairman of Jeans for Genes and chairman of The English Concert.
Nigel is chairman of the board of trustees at the Henry Moore Foundation. He also sits on the board of the Creative Industries Federation and on the Universities UK board as presidential nominee for specialist institutions.
Chief Executive of Advance HE
Alison was appointed chief executive of Advance HE in autumn 2017.
Prior to that she was the chief executive of the Leadership Foundation. She has worked in higher education for 25 years.
Before becoming chief executive, she was head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Hefce (now the Office for Students), where she established both the Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit.
She is a past president of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network and has recently joined the British Council’s planning committee for Going Global, the major international higher education conference.
Alison has extensive international experience of higher education including leading the review of teaching and learning for the Australian government. This led to the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching to enhance teaching quality across the Australian higher education sector. Alison regularly takes part in conferences and events, both nationally and internationally, speaking on all aspects of university leadership, governance and management.
Advance HE Board and Executive Group
Find out more about the members of the Advance HE Board.
Find out more about the members of the Advance HE Executive Group.
More about Advance HE
Company registration: 04931031
Registered charity, England and Wales:1101607
Registered charity, Scotland: SC043946.
Our charitable objective is to support strategic change and continuous improvement through the development of individuals and organisations of higher education.
The registered office of Advance HE is Innovation Way, York Science Park, Heslington, York, YO10 5BR
Equality, diversity and Inclusion: First Floor, Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP
Leadership, governance and management: Peer House, 8 14 Verulam Street, London WC1X 8LZ
Teaching and Learning: Innovation Way, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5BR