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Have your say on what works for leadership in higher education – new annual survey launched

21 Sep 2022 | Advance HE Inaugural survey open to all leaders in HE across the world, designed to determine 'what works' in higher education leadership.

A new annual survey which aims to ‘create the richest possible picture of contemporary HE leadership’ within the global higher education, tertiary and research sector is launched today by Advance HE. 

The first-ever Advance HE Global Leadership Survey for Higher Education is designed to inform our collective understanding about leadership in HE. It will help provide clarity to invest in leaders, support leadership development, recognise effective practice, plan leadership structures and capacity, and grow the talent needed for tomorrow. It will also form the basis for future research and developing a practice framework. The survey is open to all leaders in HE across the world to have their say on 'what works'.  

Referring to the scoping study undertaken to develop the survey, project leader, Doug Parkin, commented that, "Against the turbulent backdrop of the last three years, the time is ripe for capturing voices, perspectives and data about effective or 'good' leadership in our sector." 

Alison Johns, Advance HE Chief Executive, said, “The vision for this project is to develop a global framework for leadership in higher education. This first-of its-kind survey is one of the largest collective conversations about leadership in HE ever undertaken. 

“We encourage all leaders at any level, in a formal or informal role, from around the world to take part in the survey. Participation is free and no prior affiliation to Advance HE is required. We are committed to continuing the whole-community approach adopted throughout this project into the diversity of voices included in the survey, so please join this global community to help create the richest possible picture of contemporary HE leadership.”  

The inaugural survey will establish baseline data for the future as well as an annual report. The survey takes between 10-20 minutes to complete and will close on 22 November 2022.   


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