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GDP: Student Governor 1

The Bloomsbury Hotel, London
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Face to Face Networking Events
Start Date
End Date
Day one of two stand-alone days
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From

Advance HE members - save £90 when you book both Student Governor events

Attend both events for a discounted price: Advance HE members: £400 (£90 saving); Non-members £535. Use the discounted booking link below to book. In order to make your booking you will be redirected to My Advance HE, our customer portal. If it is your first visit to My Advance HE you will need to go through the sign up process to activate your account. You can use My Advance HE to book on behalf of yourself or for other colleagues.
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For new and returning Student Governors

The Student Governor programme is split into two separate events. They can be booked separately and are stand alone, but we strongly recommend that participants are booked on both sessions (you will receive a discount by booking on both). 

Programme Structure

Day one will equip incoming Student Governors with the skills to thrive in their new role as well as providing an update and networking space for returning Student Governors. 

Day two will allow new and returning student governors to reflect on their year to date, provide further skills development and network mapping as well as preparing them for their end of year handover.

Day one empowers Student Governors to make a major contribution to governing bodies. Placed at the beginning of the academic year, the programme prepares newly-appointed Student Governors for their first term as a member of the governing body. 

For returning Student Governors there is a dedicated strand of activity and content with a chance to reflect on the experiences of the previous year with expert facilitation and advice to maximise your contribution in your second year.

This will be a highly participative event, with case studies and discussion groups and will provide many opportunities for delegates to debate and discuss. The programme will feature a number of nationally-known keynote speakers, interactive exercises and an opportunity for participants to network with other student governors from other institutions across the UK, and to subsequently use these contacts to share matters of concern and seek guidance. 

By the end of the event, student governors will explore:

  • expectations of the student governor;
  • the structure of a governing body;
  • the collective responsibility of governing bodies;
  • managing conflicts of interest;
  • how to be an effective student governor.
Governors Pathway

Day 1 Programme

10:00am    Welcome


10.10am    Overview of contemporary issues in the policy landscape


10.50am    Understanding governance in HE, Nadine Lewycky, Assistant Registrar (Governance), Queen Mary University of London


11.20am    The origins of HE governance, Mike Ratcliffe, Academic Registrar & HE Historian


11.45am    Q&A


12:00pm    Break


12.15pm    Understanding HE finance & your HEIs finances, Gavan Conlon, Partner at London Economics and co-head of the Education and Labour Markets practice


12.45pm    Lunch


1.30pm    Overview session, Jim Dickinson, Associate Editor at Wonkhe


2.05pm    In tray governing body simulation 


3.45pm    Present back your killer questions


4:00pm    Close