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GDP: Governance in Scotland

GDP: Governance in Scotland

The GDP Scotland event provides a state-of-the-nation view on governance in HE.


The GDP Scotland event provides attendees, with an update on the developing impacts and requirements of the latest legislation and regulation on Scottish HE institutions and covers the consequences for governance approaches, policies and professionals.

Sessions and speakers will consider how governance professionals can fulfil their duties and support effective governance and oversight across university funding and financing, academic quality as well as student access and experience. 

This is a standalone one day event. 



Who is this event for?

This event is designed to inform and support new and experienced governance staff, Members of Court, Independent Governors, Chairs and University leaders. 


Discover GDP: Governance in Scotland

21 May 2025
Location: Virtual


Book your place

5% Early Booking Discount available

There is a 5% early booking discount for bookings made before 30 September 2024 on this service. This is in addition to a 25% discount if your organisation is an Advance HE member.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Enhance your understanding of the policy environment governors/Court members operate within in Scotland. 
  2. Hone your skills to operate as an effective governor (or governance professional). 
  3. Build and strengthen relationships with other governors and governance professionals across Scotland 


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The agenda for this conference is still being drafted and will be released in good time before the day of the event. 

While the sessions for this event are not yet confirmed the day is likely to run from 09:30 to 13:00.



Speakers for the event are being approached and will include University and Students’ Union leaders, along with governance professionals and policy experts.

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
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.



This event will be delivered virtually through Zoom, with joining instructions sent out by the governance team two weeks before the day of the event.

Along with the joining instructions and links delegates will receive a copy of the programme, with finalised timings, topics, and speakers.

The event will be delivered as as a series of presentations, discussions and panels, with time after each for questions and comments.

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact the Programmes and Events Team at:



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