news & articles

What can HE learn from the collapse of Thomas Cook?

Sep 27, 2019
What can higher education institutions learn from the collapse of Thomas Cook? Joint CEO Susie Hills considers some lessons we can take from recent events.

Developing the Board & Executive connection

Sep 04, 2019
Good interaction between Council members themselves and with the Executive will always be key to understanding the University and good decision-making.

The OfS challenges for University Governance

Jul 23, 2019
The need to respond to Government priorities and the OfS is real but the risks in so doing need to be considered and mitigated. Frank Toop discusses.

Will Spinks joins Halpin’s Consulting Fellows

Jul 11, 2019
Halpin is pleased to announce the addition of Will Spinks to its team of Consulting Fellows.

University governance: Some interesting questions from America

Jun 25, 2019
In a recent Wonkhe article, Peter Eckel of the University of Pennsylvania raises some interesting questions from American experience. He argues that, “like boards in England, American boards too often have been focused on oversight. It’s the essential stewardship role of governance. Yet, such a narrow focus that reviews reports, signs off on proposals, ensures compliance and ticks boxes is a lost opportunity. Too many boards in America… are mired in mediocrity driven by such a focus.”

Questions governors should be exploring - a digest.

Jun 14, 2019
Many university governing bodies and their committees will be meeting over the coming weeks for the final governance meetings of the 2018/19 academic year. The Augar review and Brexit will be key features of these meetings. For lay governors digesting the sheer volume of information available, understanding the implications for their particular institution and knowing what questions to ask will be key.

WONKHE 360 Perspectives Report – a sector cry for a new culture of leadership and governance.

May 21, 2019
Well done to WONKHE; their 360 perspectives report is a fascinating read. The message that came out loud and clear for me was the need for the sector to urgently refresh its culture of leadership and governance. A need to be much more open, engaged, transparent and inclusive.

OfS views on potential threats & opportunities to the HE Sector

May 20, 2019
The OfS Board report from the Horizon Scanning Panel discussion of potential threats and opportunities to the Sector may be useful for Council members, but as they are unlikely to see the report, it may worth drawing attention to it here.