Date and times Monday 13th May 2019, 09.00 - 12.00
Location bcc Berlin Congress Center
Early Bird price (until 22 March 2019) £100
Standard price (23 March - 3 May 2019) £130
Book your place Email or book at registration desk on Monday 13 May from 08.00

Leaders of universities have to chart a course for their institution that secures its future, addresses the needs of students and promotes the values of higher education.
Charting this course also means being attuned to change ahead that will impact on the kind of leadership institutions will need in a changing policy and political environment to navigate transformational change and develop leaders and leadership for a changing future.

Universities are living in times of tremendous change: rising costs, reductions in public funding, more competitors, technology and the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the policy landscape, changing world of work and uncertainty around funding streams. Leading a higher education institution requires an eclectic skill set that is arguably difficult to find but critical for success.

  • How do we develop the leaders of tomorrow to be change makers - able to operate within and also influence the institutional and national system?
  • And equally able to consider and implement the governance needs for the future HE world?
  • If we shift for example from reduced regulation  to increased autonomy, what will be the demands on governance?

In this masterclass, the CEO of Advance HE Alison Johns will, with the Director of Programmes and Events at Advance HE, Tracy Bell-Reeves draw together these important issues that are too often considered separately.  In a process that will be engaging, participative and provocative Alison and Tracy will explore what it means to be a transformational leader in a global HE system, the criticality of partnership and will also explore the inter dependencies between leadership and systems of governance and their implications for institutional success and sustainability.


  • Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents of Universities, Heads of Policy and Strategy and HE providers who are both experienced and new to their roles;
  • Members of university governing bodies and senior staff in HE Ministries will also benefit through building a stronger understanding of the issues facing institutions across different national and institutional contexts.


  • Explore the key strategic challenges facing higher education leaders in a future world;
  • Consider how to build effective and sustainable leadership capability and capacity within their own national and institutional context;
  • Discuss leading transformational change at an organisational and system level – whether regulatory or autonomous -  identifying and nurturing the change makers;
  • Reflect on how HE governance needs to adapt to a future world of potential national policy shift and global competition

Hosted by Advance HE

Advance HE supports universities in putting institutional strategy into practice for the benefit of students, staff and society. We bring together HE-focused expertise in governance, leadership and management, teaching and learning, and equality, diversity and inclusion, to help you to deliver world-leading teaching, research and scholarship, your civic mission and student outcomes at your institution.

We do this through the provision of specialist knowledge and resources, externally recognised benchmarking and recognition schemes, and a member-focused, collaborative approach.
We are driven by the strategic needs of higher education. Through our passion for excellence we aim to create an inclusive culture that champions the continuous development of teaching, leadership and research. We use an evidence-based approach to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions.

Advance HE came into being in March 2018, following the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. We are jointly owned by GuildHE and Universities UK, and are not part of the regulatory framework. We are about development focused on supporting the sectors desire to improve its own practice.  We create ‘safe places’ for the sector to address its challenges without the need for government intervention.