news & articles

How come 130 British universities are in the Top 10 for something or other?

Jan 04, 2018
Halpin Partnership consulting fellow – and academic brand consultant – David Miller explores the Higher Education sector’s obsession with rankings and argues that this is no alternative to real brand differentiation.

Can non-academics make good university leaders?

Dec 11, 2017
Halpin Partnership joint CEO, Susie Hills, interviews UK business executives taking on the role of university Vice-Chancellors in a feature in December’s Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

The frustrating truth about using University league tables to judge senior leader’s performance.

Sep 27, 2017
Are league tables a useful measurement of the success (or otherwise) of university senior leadership teams? The truth is that ‘it depends’. And, frustratingly, ‘it’ probably ‘depends’ rather more than we might first think.

From gut instinct to solution – working with consultants to make things happen.

Sep 13, 2017
Using a consultant usually won’t bring you a revolutionary idea, in fact that’s usually not what you need anyway. What they will bring you is an external viewpoint, insight from the marketplace, a guiding voice and expert analysis.

The frustrating truth about interdisciplinary institutes.

Sep 05, 2017
The frustrating truth is that the way our universities are structured, governed and managed places obstacles in the path of an interdisciplinary approach.

The things University leaders dread most about the new academic year. Part 2. Senior Management Meetings.

Aug 23, 2017
Do you see an hour long (or longer?) meeting in your diary – perhaps on a Monday morning – labelled Senior team meeting and feel a sense of resignation?

A seven-step approach to problem solving with your team.

Aug 16, 2017
The key to success in problem solving is to step back and immediately begin a seven-step process which will help you to gain detailed understanding as to what the problem is, successfully lead your team to an effective solution and ensure that the organisation has learnt in the process.

How to respond to budget cuts

Aug 04, 2017
What is the responsible approach as a leader when you are asked to make cuts to your budget?