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Introduction to HE for Professional Services Staff

Date: 28th June 2021

Location: Online - 10.30am - 2.30pm

Price: Free

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This is a joint event and open to members of AUDE, BUFDG, HESPA and UHR - please click on the appropriate ticket when booking your place.

Programme Aim

This is a one day development event aimed at all professional services staff within their first year of working in HE, who need to grasp the complexities and political environment of HE, and the implications for operating and influencing effectively.  


Welcome & Introduction


An overview of UK Higher Education – how HE works – the technical

Differences and similarities with other sectors; HE governance, funding, sustainability; the different structures seen in ‘pre and ‘post’ 1992 HEIs; charitable status; accounting and public body status; competition and collaboration; freedom of action and constraints

Diane Gilhooley - Global Practice Group Head of Human Resources and Pensions | Head of Education Sector, Eversheds Sutherland


Coffee and comfort break


What are the current challenges facing the sector and how is the sector working to address them?

A horizon scan, and a round-up of key challenges facing HE now and over the next five years, including the implications of Brexit. The similarities and differences between institutions in their responses to the challenges facing the sector. 

Joss Ivory – Chief Operating Officer, University of York 




The culture of the sector and the skills required to navigate it– how people work – the personal 

This session will explore some of the skills needed to operate effectively within HE, including persuasion versus coercion; building relationships; offering reasoned argument; and how Professional Service Staff can evaluate and introduce new theories, practices and trends to support organisational strategy in an academically challenging and intellectually rigorous environment.

We welcome a Director from HR, Estates, Strategic Planning and Finance.  They will share their personal journey, what they wish they’d known, the challenges and top tips. 

Sally McGill, Chief Financial Officer - Staffordshire University

Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management - University of Sheffield

Aashish Khadia, Director of Planning - University of Leicester 

Lorna Walker, Director of Strategic Organisational and Human Resources Development - University of the Highlands and Islands



 Who should attend? This programme is open to all professional services staff.  If you wish to enquire about the suitability of the programme for yourself or a colleague, please contact , , or 

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