The new agency to be created by the impending merger of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) has today announced its new name as Advance HE.
The new name follows a period of consultation between the three agency boards and reflects the new organisation’s mission to champion the continuous enhancement of teaching and learning, equality and diversity, and leadership and governance in higher education, both within the UK and globally.
The merger follows the recommendations of the Bell review for a single sector agency for learning and teaching, equality and diversity, and leadership and governance in higher education.
Commenting on the new name, Alison Johns, Chief Executive-designate of Advance HE, said, “We are truly delighted to announce our new name as Advance HE. It not only celebrates our combined mission to strive for excellence in all areas for the HE sector, it also emphasises our vision is to keep moving forward and looking to enhance higher education wherever it is found and for all. We look forward to working in partnership with universities in the UK and internationally, both now and in the future.”
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “I am pleased to see plans for the new agency progressing. Advance HE will have a vital role to play in supporting institutions to improve learning and teaching, equality and diversity and leadership and governance in higher education. I look forward to working with the agency to build on the sector’s world-class reputation in these areas.”
Gordon McKenzie, CEO of GuildHE also welcomed the announcement:
“We welcome the new name and look forward to working with Alison and her team at Advance HE. We believe that bringing together the three agencies into one as Advance HE will create a stronger, distinct organisation that will help promote inclusivity, diversity, innovation, creativity and excellence in UK higher education.”
The use of the Advance HE is subject to Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) approval.
The three agencies have already established a number of joint working groups to support the transition to a single agency. All three agencies remain committed to delivering their business plans during the transition period. The revised offer and structure for the new agency will be in place for 1 August 2018.
Advance HE will be recruiting six new Board members to join the Board who will guide the organisation in the delivery of a new ambitious strategic plan and offer to the sector.