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Member Projects 2022-23:Tertiary Education - Navigating Complexity

Join in the discussion as we explore the big questions that transcend traditional borders to find the best practices within tertiary education ecosystems around the world. Through this, we will highlight some of the best practices and innovations for the future.

Tertiary education faces a range of challenges from regulatory change, investment, metrification, inflation, hybrid delivery and innovation in pedagogical practice. When we talk about tertiary, this extends well beyond the traditional higher education institution of a university. 

For members grappling with the big questions that extend into tertiary education, we invite you to tell us what big challenges – and any solutions, innovations and ideas – you've identified. Members are invited to interactively decide which big questions and solutions they want Advance HE to look at in more depth.  

In early 2023, Advance HE will hold a series of webinars and panel discussions that dig into some of the biggest questions you tell us to explore. These member benefit events will shape how we take our work within tertiary education forward. 

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This term - ‘tertiary’ - is used to pull together all post-compulsory education under one umbrella. Sometimes it’s called the ‘third level’, ‘post-16’ or ‘post-18’ - depending upon the age when compulsory education ends and student choice begins in a nation. This is delivered by all sorts of providers – universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, small and specialist institutions and prisons. Within this space of tertiary education, it looks different depending upon the location and context. What is happening in Scotland does not necessarily match New Zealand’s approach to tertiary, even if they’re both using the term. But what are the common challenges that transcend borders? 

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Project Outputs

Project Output: Introductory Blog

Tertiary education ecosystems are evolving in different ways across the world. Dr Charles Knight and Joni Alexander of Advance HE pose a serious series of provocations to help define the big questions that need big solutions.

What exactly is the tertiary education ecosystem? What are the big challenges that are faced working within them, as a university, college, specialist provider, and prison? How do we – or should we – face these challenges?

Read the blog

Project output: Tertiary Education Challenges: webinars and panel discussions 

In this interactive webinar, Dr Charles Knight and Joni Alexander of Advance HE ask a panel of international experts to consider a selection of these ‘big questions’ and discuss ways in which different partners in the Tertiary Education Space can work together to solve them. 

Our speakers include:

  • Dr Tracey McClean, Head of the Institute of Health and Social Care Studies, Executive Director of the Guernsey Institute
  • Nina Ruddle, Head of Public Policy Engagement at Wrexham Glyndwr

The event will use two framing questions to guide our discussion: 

  • How do we build cohesive communities across Tertiary Education ecosystems? 
  • How do we make sure that sustainability and the UN’s SDGs underpin all our activities? 

Webinar - Tertiary Education: What are the Big Questions?

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 - 07:30 - 08:15 GMT

This 45-minute Webinar is aimed at: 

  • Governance professionals and lay members who have organisational oversight and wish to understand the future landscape and challenges 
  • Senior Leaders who will be interested in the strategic aspect of the questions posed 
  • Others who will be interested in emergence of best practice they can adapt 
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Project Output: Big Questions/Big Solutions Crowdsourcing

We asked for the biggest question that needs answering on the future of tertiary education in the interactive tool to vote up and down those that you would like to see most explored within webinars and panel discussions. 

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