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Governor Development Programme (GDP)

We have a number of events available as part of our Governor Development Programme. These events have been designed to help you to develop and refine your skills in response to a rapidly changing environment.

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The Governor Development Programme (GDP) was created in 2005 and built on the earlier initiatives of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC). The programme is designed to support Governors and governance professionals in all HE institutions throughout the UK and various events are held throughout the year.

GDP has been designed to address a broad range of needs across governance, while many of our events may be specifically relevant to those involved in particular aspects or roles within governance, anyone in HE who is interested is welcome to attend any event. Additional topical events will be added throughout the year to help address the evolving HE Governance environment. In order to provide this selection of events and seminars, we work in partnership with a number of key organisations including CUC, AUA and Guild HE. Advance HE’s governance activity including GDP is supported and overseen by our Governor Development Advisory Forum (GDAF) made up of governors, chairs, governance professionals and sector partners and agencies including UUK, CUC and NUS.

Upcoming Events

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24 November 2022, London, venue TBC

Governance Conference 2022

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Upcoming Governance Events Date More information
GDP Student Governor 1 - Face-to-face 14 September 2022 Find out more
GDP Audit & Risk Committees - Virtual 12 October 2022 Find out more
GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors - Virtual 13 October 2022 Find out more
GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors in the Scottish sector - Virtual 19 October 2022 Find out more
GDP Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors - Virtual 9 November 2022 Find out more
Governance Conference 2022 - London, venue TBC 24 November 2022 Find out more
GDP Nominations and Governance Committees; board diversity, succession and effectiveness - Virtual 14 December 2022 Find out more
Governance Professionals in HE Programme - Virtual 24 January 2023 Find out more
GDP Student Governor 2 - Virtual 25 January 2023 Find out more
GDP Leading the Board - Virtual 19 April 2023 Find out more
GDP Governance in Wales - Virtual 26 April 2023 Find out more
GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors 2 - Virtual 3 May 2023 Find out more
Advance HE Clerks and Secretaries Network Event - Face-to-face 10 May 2023 Find out more
GDP Governance in Scotland event - Virtual 16 May 2023 Find out more
GDP Student Experience and Academic Assurance - Virtual 28 June 2023 Find out more

GDP provides an opportunity for Governors to hear from sector experts, to network with peers from other institutions and to explore in detail key issues impacting the sector and institutions.

The portfolio is designed to support all Governors, including Student and Staff Governors, board Chairs and those with oversight for governance of HE providers. Events are also tailored to the policy landscape and the distinct circumstances in each home nation.

To help you find the support best suited to your needs, we have aligned our events to the Governor's Pathway:

Scotland and Wales

Events are also tailored to the policy landscape and the distinct circumstances in each home nation. These events offer an opportunity for governors from Scottish and Welsh institutions to examine some of the distinctive features of the higher education system within a national context.

Scotland New Governors

This event offers an opportunity for those new to the position to examine the particular facets of Scottish Governance, exchange good practice and network with peers from other institutions. Student Governors of Scottish institutions are also welcome.
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GDP Wales

Our GDP Wales event reflects the shared identity and diverse needs of the Welsh HE sector. The day will provide an opportunity to explore topical features of governance in the Welsh HE landscape, allowing attendees to explore issues and challenges and respond to the latest developments.
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GDP Scotland

Our GDP Scotland event provides a state-of-the-nation view on governance in HE, with a particular take on the emerging impact of the legislation on governance in Scottish HE institutions.
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Programme facilitator

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
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Advance HE
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Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.
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GDP Induction to HE Governance for New Governors - Virtual