News from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
In the SDF Council meeting on 5th April, held in Birmingham, Lesly Huxley gave us an update on the outcome of the Bell Review and its implications on membership renewals, on behalf of the Leadership Foundation.
The Bell Review of HE sector agencies
As you may be aware, a Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE review of higher education sector agencies has been ongoing throughout 2016. The review, led by Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of Reading University, has now published its recommendations. One of the recommendations of the review is that the ‘core functions of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) should be merged into a single body to create a new, more responsive and holistic sector agency.
This new body will support institutions to meet strategic challenges as they relate to equality and diversity, learning and teaching, and leadership and governance.’ A transition group between the three organisations and chaired by Professor Nigel Carrington, VC, University of the Arts and a member of the Bell Review Group has been established to help coordinate the delivery of the proposed merged body.
The LF Chief Executive, Alison Johns and the LF team, are committed to working with Universities UK, Guild HE, ECU and HEA to ensure a smooth transition into the new body. The key tasks for the transition group will include a new amalgamated body by September 2017 with a new Board and Chief Executive, and a new membership fee structure by September 2018. UUK has stated that Leadership and governor development will be core elements of the new body.
Membership renewals from 2017-18
Subsequent to the Bell Review, UUK has confirmed that sector bodies should continue to offer their normal membership packages – including three year memberships – for 2017-18 and that any ‘unspent’ fees will be set against the new body’s membership model. This year there are 158 Leadership Foundation members (the highest number ever) of which over a third are three-year members. The LF currently expects to initiate their membership renewals process as usual in April 2017 for the membership year starting 1 August. The LF shall, of course, keep members informed of any changes to this timetable. Fees for subscriptions and programmes will again be retained at the 2015-16 levels for another year.