News & Articles
We like to have our finger on the pulse. Here, you’ll find our entire library of blogs and articles.
If you’d like to write for Halpin as a guest author, we’d love to hear from you.
Augar inadvertently reveals HE’s failure in marketing on access and participation
We are spending more than £1,000,000,000 pa on highly local campaigns run by individual universities, often with a focus on teenagers and with Access Agreements that are to be polite, thin on the ground when it comes to KPIs and real achievements.
The Augar Report reveals the failure of marketing in universities
Amongst the many analyses, insights and recommendations in the Augar report, the evidence of the sector’s failure to adopt professional marketing practice becomes all too clear. Many universities appear to think that marketing is about short-term promotional tactics designed to fill places. Reputation. Reputation. Reputation. It’s (nearly) all that matters. Slow to build, quick to destroy.
Augar Review – 7.5 is the new 9
Whilst the details and potential ramifications of the recommendations in the Augar Review are fascinating, I fear there is only really one simple piece of news: £7.5k.
Guest Post: Are your family policies reinforcing stereotypes?
Whilst changes in leave entitlements and family structures have taken place, can the same be said for the diversity of policies and procedures, or are universities reinforcing stereotypes of an outdated nuclear family? If so, is that practice unintentionally inhibiting institutional culture and inclusivity?
Kindness – the perfect guide to fundraising?
What if we reimagined fundraising using the guiding principle of kindness? Kindness means we can trust one another, and that trust will allow us to try new things and challenge the norms. Our profession needs to regain trust and we have to start with one another.
When is an interim the right answer to a vacancy?
Vacancies give you an opportunity to stop and think, and to probe into an area that you won’t get once you have filled that post. When might it be the right time to pause, and use interim resource to analyse and keep the show on the road?
WONKHE 360 Perspectives Report – a sector cry for a new culture of leadership and governance.
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.
Richard Sved joins Halpin’s Consulting Fellows
Halpin is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Sved to its group of Consulting Fellows. Richard is an experienced professional with a strong track record of strategic and operational excellence in the voluntary sector stretching well over two decades.
OfS views on potential threats & opportunities to the HE Sector
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.
Shakira Martin joins Halpin Advisory Group
Halpin Partnership, a management consultancy specialising in higher education, has welcomed Shakira Martin to its Advisory Group. In addition to this, Shakira has also joined Halpin’s pool of Consulting Fellows.
5 smart reasons to review your portfolio
If there was a bingo list of the phrases that university managers would least like to hear, I suspect “portfolio review” would be near the top. But the size, shape and substance of the courses on offer is at the heart of a university’s purpose, and it is neglected at your peril.
Ross CASE 2019: Fundraising growth, but not as we [knew] it
The Ross CASE Survey 2019 results are out. This shows the state of fundraising in the Higher Education sector, and as always it makes for fascinating reading for all those interested in Development. The projection for the Pearce Report was based on the run-rate from the previous ten years, so why has the last decade not kept pace with the growth we saw originally?