Distinction and Diversity in Higher Education

The missing piece of the puzzle

The role of specialist universities and colleges as “industry-anchors” is a key element that can sometimes be overlooked.

GuildHE Annual Conference 2018

GuildHE is very pleased to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference will be held Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 Nov

About Us

GuildHE’s primary purpose is to support its members to achieve their aims and objectives. GuildHE’s staff and members work in a close and collegial way to achieve this purpose and to do so efficiently and effectively. 

 

GuildHE operates in four main spheres 

 

With Members

Interacting through high quality political intelligence and briefing; direct support; and through networks that allow members and their staff to share and gain from each other’s experience and to shape and influence national policy positions.

 

With Students

Interacting through consultation and joint work with members, their students, students’ unions and NUS to celebrate and promote student engagement in institutions.

 

With the Higher Education Sector

Interacting through governance, co-ownership, and co-regulation. GuildHE nominates member Vice Chancellors and Principals to the governing bodies of the QAA, HESA, the Higher Education Academy, the Equality Challenge Unit, the OIA, JISC, Graduate Prospects, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

 

With Government

Interacting through lobbying, research and policy influence; by developing collective policy positions in response to consultations; and through co-regulation and sector reform.

Values and Behaviours

Our:

Approach is welcoming, well informed and dynamic Values are ethical, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Behaviours are thoughtful, creative, collaborative, influential and with high impact for our size Voice is measured and distinctive.

 

Priorities for GuildHE

The views of our members

Members told us key priorities should be GuildHE’s engagement with the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and how it can improve student outcomes and the future of the QAA framework. Reforming the Home Office visa system and highly trusted status was also key including lobbying to remove students from net migration targets. 

The External Landscape

There are a number of challenges and opportunities over the next five years for GuildHE and its members. The Government has set out an ambitious policy agenda in Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice to:

 

Operational Priorities

Our priorities are:

  • Influencing the development of the TEF and decisions about the future of Quality Assurance.
  • Highlighting the importance of a diverse, internationally successful higher education sector.
  • Influencing thinking on the future regulation of higher education and the possible introduction of a HE Bill.
  • Making the case for the positive economic, cultural, social and “soft power” contribution international students make to the UK.
  • Making the case for a properly funded higher education system that allows diverse institutions to thrive.
  • Championing the role of higher education as close partners with industries delivering high quality, work relevant, high level skills and professional education.

 

Communications

GuildHE’s aims, ambitions and activities will be communicated effectively to both internal and external audiences so we are recognised and valued as: An official voice for UK higher education and a joint leader of official sector bodies. Authoritative, influential and highly visible. Committed to a diverse UK higher education sector as key to its outstanding quality. A champion for higher education as a driver of social mobility. Having expert knowledge in the delivery of high level skills in industries and professions which are key to the economy. Demonstrating the importance and value of excellent research wherever it is found.

Active members within GuildHE

Research Grants Awarded

Academics and Senior Managers actively involved in GuildHE activities

Policies in areas such as Research & Innovation, Knowledge Exchange & Industrial Strategy

Our Achievements

Our Progress

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  • Research Grants 88%
  • Government Reviews 50%
  • Policies 90%
  • Response Rate 60%

Our Expert Team

This is the small but highly effective team at GuildHE

Gordon McKenzie

Gordon McKenzie

CEO

Alex Bols

Alex Bols

Deputy CEO

Dee Easter

Dee Easter

Head of Resources

Rachel Persad

Rachel Persad

Policy Mgr (Research & Innovation)

Kate Wicklow

Kate Wicklow

Policy Manager

Matthew Guest

Matthew Guest

Policy Mgr (Knowledge Exchange & Industrial Strategy)

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