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Affiliate Membership in the UK 

Designed to enable institutional, staff and student success, Advance HE membership packages give you access to world-leading services, supporting you in reaching your institutional and individual goals.

The member benefits for this year are shaped through consultative conversations with our members, and our strategic advisory groups. We’ve heard that members would value support in:

This year, we’ve heard clearly that members would value support in:

  • responding to the combined impact of AI, the cost of living crisis and student engagement in a post-pandemic context
  • promoting a strong sense of belonging and addressing retention
  • understanding and responding to changes and challenges in the regulatory environment
  • attracting, retaining and rewarding talented staff with progressive pathways
  • growing a shared leadership of EDI and developing cultural competence
  • balancing research and teaching and building a positive research culture.

Find out what member benefits are available to your institution

Not sure if your institution is already a member? Check our current member list.

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Affiliate Membership for HE Providers in the UK

Affiliate Membership of Advance HE gives you access to world-leading services which help you shape your future in today’s highly competitive HE and FE market. Learn more about how we support our college-based members in this leaflet.

Our team's enthusiasm lies in enhancing the benefits offered to affiliate members. They play a pivotal role in refining member benefits, ensuring that each affiliate member derives meaningful value from their affiliation with the organisation.

Our Advance HE Membership has played a significant role in shaping our institution into a thriving hub of learning and innovation fostered at all levels. With this membership, we can continue to push boundaries and break barriers, ensuring that our students continue to receive the very highest quality education possible in the sector.”

Alex Mortby
Vice Principal, Curriculum and Higher Education
The Bedford College Group and University Centre

Karen Taylor

Head of Membership (Tertiary) - Affiliate Members

Karen is the Head of Membership for Advance HE's College Based HE, Small and Specialists and Independent providers in England and Wales, supporting across all aspects of Advance HE membership helping increase engagement and value.

Karen joined Advance HE in November 2018 as an Executive within the Commercial Support / Business Development Team. Having spent 3 years working with the Membership Team to support our members with bespoke programmes and consultancy, as well as leading on a series of consultative studies across our governance and Chief Operating Officer communities to improve Advance HE’s offer. Since becoming the Head of Membership, Karen has prioritised increasing member engagement through driving forward initiatives such as the College Based HE Network and Pilot for Race Equality Charter for Small, Specialist and Independant Providers. 

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Membership Executive

Peace is the Membership Executive at Advance HE, a role through which she supports College-based and small and specialist Higher Education institutions in England and Wales. Working closely alongside Karen Taylor, the Head of Membership (Tertiary), Peace takes a proactive approach to providing valuable assistance and resources to affiliate members. With prior experience in the student movement sphere, Peace brings a wealth of knowledge in academic representation and fostering student engagement.

At Advance HE, Peace's enthusiasm lies in enhancing the benefits offered to affiliate members. Peace plays a pivotal role in refining member benefits, ensuring that each affiliate member derives meaningful value from their affiliation with the organisation.

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Working with you

Our ‘working with you’ member benefits facilitate collaboration, co-creation and understanding amongst our member base, supporting you to overcome the challenges of the modern HE and FE sector in the UK. 

Member projects

Our strategic member benefit projects bring together expertise from across our global membership, creating new thinking and practical, accessible, evidence-based solutions.
Explore this year's projects

Collaborative Development Fund

Project funding supports the development of our members by addressing key sector challenges together.
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Digital development

We are developing a series of self-directed e-learning modules on Academic Integrity and introduction to HE, with a view to launching by the end of 2023.
Read more

Dedicated Advance HE Contact

Your Membership Manager is a sounding-board with strategic understanding of your context, stakeholders and objectives.
Meet the team

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advice Service

Only available in the UK, the Advice Service provides support and guidance on policy, practice and concerns.
Find out more

Governance expertise

We have supported the sector for 20 years, providing members with a wealth of resources and consultancy support enabling effective governance.
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Publications, projects and resources

Exclusive access to the latest practical support from Advance HE and a bank of over 8,400 resources.
Explore our resources

Student Surveys

Understand and enhance the student academic experience with discounted access to surveys.
Visit the page

Strategic Advisory Groups

Member-led groups ensure that we develop member benefits in the areas that deliver the most value to you.
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Connecting our members

Connect with your sector peers to share knowledge, insight and guidance via face-to-face events and online networks.

CBHE Network

The CBHE Network brings together practitioners to share practice and collaborate on the challenges and complexities of College based HE.
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DVC/PVC Network

The Advance HE DVC/PVC Network is a highly valued and influential community of DVCs, PVCs and equivalent senior leaders with a brief for teaching and learning.
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Provost/DVC Network

The Advance HE Provost / DVC Network formed in late 2022 and is a community of Provosts, DVCs, Vice Principals and equivalent senior leaders in higher education who have roles which are institution-wide and not attached to a specific portfolio.
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Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect is an online community of practice exclusively for the higher and further education sector with over 19,000 participants from around the world.
Access Connect

Accredited Programme Leader Network

This dedicated network hosted within Advance HE Connect provides an opportunity for all those leading and managing accredited provisions to connect.
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Strengthening your membership

These member benefits address the big challenges facing the sector as a whole, delivering modern frameworks for institutional and individual recognition, and evidence-based, accessible solutions fit for the rapidly evolving sector environment.

Leadership Survey and Framework

Using the unique evidence base created by the survey, we will work with members to explore the development of a framework that articulates the dimensions that contribute to effective leadership.
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Student Success Framework Series

Our research-informed Student Success Framework Series will see the final stages of the review and the launch of the redesigned frameworks in the coming year.
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Equality Charters

Work has begun on a pilot to develop the Race Equality Charter for small and specialist institutions.
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Celebrating and recognising success

We bring people together to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution colleagues from our member institutions make to education.

Teaching Excellence Awards

The members-only National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the impact of individuals and teams.
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Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning.
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Discounted access

  • 50% discount on all fees related to direct Fellowship applications for individual members of staff
  • 25% discount on our wide portfolio of programmes, conferences and events developed to meet the needs of specific career stages
  • 10% member discount on bespoke consultancy services which support institutions to shape and deliver their strategic priorities
  • The discounted total price of £2,625 which covers UKES, PTES and PRES Student Surveys
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