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University leaders commit to pension talks as strikes begin

University leaders have written to the University and College Union to formally outline their commitment to continuing to work with UCU to deliver long-term reform of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The move comes as UCU members at 60 universities begin strike action in disputes over both pensions and pay.

Gateway to university expertise now provides 'smart match' with business

A platform providing a single access point for businesses to university expertise and funding opportunities has been further developed by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Research England, and UK Research and Innovation, to help 'smart match' business and industry with higher education institutions, in a bid to boost R&D collaboration. Shivaun Meehan, Head of Communications at the NCUB, outlines the latest features of Konfer.

Advance HE announces new board members

The higher education agency Advance HE has announced six new board members and the formation of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

New board members include Chris Sayers, Chair of the Committee of University Chairs and Chair of Northumbria University; Nicola Arnold, Director of Finance, St George’s University, London; Rose Wangen-Jones, Chief Executive, The Writer; Sam Parrett OBE, CEO and Group Principal, London South East Education Group; Helen Higson, Provost and DVC, Aston University; Helen O’Sullivan, PVC (Education), Keele University.

The new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, was conceived as part of the merger agreement between the Equality Challenge Unit, Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation which led to the creation of Advance HE.

The new EDI committee will initially comprise three Advance HE Board members: Geoff Layer (Chair), Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton, Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter and Amatey Doku, Vice President for Higher Education, NUS, together with Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Kings College London who has been co-opted onto the EDI committee. Advance HE is in the process of appointing two further co-optees. The committee’s first meeting will be early February 2019.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and Chair of Advance HE’s Board said, “I’m pleased to welcome the new members to the Board. Together we will continue to develop Advance HE’s strategy, focusing on supporting institutions in delivering world-leading teaching, research and scholarship, civic mission and student outcomes in higher education.”

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s Chief Executive, said, “Our new Board members bring with them a wealth of diverse skills and experience. I look forward to working with the board in supporting institutions through our ambition to advance the development of practice and improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society. The whole team is highly motived and excited to take up this challenge.”


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