Higher education in the UK continues to develop significantly, while simultaneously facing a number of specific and recent challenges. With an uncertain European landscape, increased scrutiny from government and growing competition, both at home and internationally, the sector is under pressure to demonstrate its ability to navigate a complex set of issues.
Higher Education has history and experience on its side and an ability to evolve, adapt and thrive across the centuries. The institutions in the UK, both old and young, have shown repeatedly that they can survive, but will they thrive during the next decade?
In this edition, and within this context, we talk to Dr Jennifer Barnes about how the Higher Education sector is evolving. Its value, success and reputation is premised on change, both incremental and disruptive. She discusses why a strong cross-sector approach is fundamental for UK Higher Education, while maintaining its academic excellence, for which it is recognised worldwide.
Evolve or Die? A view from the chair on the changing face of the university council.
At the beginning of 2016 Saxton Bampfylde produced a piece of research providing insight into the strategic direction and changing face of university councils in the UK. If you would like to discuss this further, hear more or attend one of our regular events do please do get in touch.
Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde. He began his career working for IBM and Whitehall, where he spent nearly 10 years before moving into top level executive search. For 32 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. He helped establish the worldwide professional association AESC in Europe and was its international director for a number of years. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is a Trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and was Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School.