“The governing body must actively seek and receive assurance that academic governance is robust and effective."
CUC HE Code of Governance 2020
Members of governing bodies in all HE providers need to have confidence in their academic governance, especially given their duty to provide academic assurance, which requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.
Institutions are delivering considerable change in teaching and learning not least due to Covid-19, digital advances and meeting the skills needs of today and tomorrow. Effective academic governance is key to giving students, staff and wider stakeholders confidence in the system and innovating well."
Assistant Director - Consulting, Governance and Insights, Advance HE
Reviewing Academic Governance in higher education: a framework
This Framework sets out some key factors for the consideration of academic governance effectiveness and is intended as a tool to support higher education institutions (HEIs) and Further Education Colleges (FECs) delivering higher education in their own effectiveness reviews. It draws on work by Advance HE and Committee of University Chairs (CUC).
The Framework has been developed to guide managers and governing bodies as they seek to review the effectiveness of academic governance. Members of governing bodies in all higher education providers need to have confidence in academic governance given that they now have a specific duty to provide academic assurance – an assurance that requires members to rely on the institution’s academic governance arrangements.
Academic Governance Reviews
Our framework is the basis for our Academic Governance Reviews. We provide an external perspective for institutions looking to undertake a review of their academic governance provision.
Academic Governance reports, publications and resources
Advance HE has curated a number of resources to support the understanding of the role of Academic Governance in a higher education provider. These cover guides to support those new to Academic Governance, practical advice for boards, and insights including case studies and are available to download below.
This brief guide intends to help new Governors acclimatise to some of the language, acronyms and terminology relevant to academic governance in UK higher education. Download the guide.
This is collaborative member benefit project between Advance HE, UUK, CUC and GuildHE which aims to convene the sector to understand shared challenges and approaches to academic assurance. Explore the resources.
This guide overviews the essential requirements for a successful set of arrangements in the development of a culture within the leadership team of openness, trust and respect. In our view, there needs to be an integrated and embedded culture that understands and accepts different duties in that part of institutional life where corporate and academic governance meet. Download the guide.
The points included in this advice may be helpful for lay or external Governors, especially those new to higher and further education understand academic assurance. They may also be helpful to staff and student Governors, governing body Secretaries and Clerks and senior managers. Download the guide.