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From human resource management to talent management in 21st century universities - HUMANE Seminar - March 28-29 - University of Amsterdam

From human resource management to talent management in 21st century universities

HUMANE Spring Seminar
March 28-29, 2019
Hosted by the University of Amsterdam

Farewell HR, hello people!

How is your human resources division meeting the challenge to reinvent itself as your institution seeks greater alignment with an ever more competitive operating environment?

Individual institution’s responses to this challenge are context specific, but the adoption of talent management principles has been at the core of many of these new approaches to HR.

What can we learn from recent research into the relationship between talent management and an organisation’s business strategy?

And what has been the experience of other knowledge intensive industry sectors who have travelled this road before universities?

Our seminar will focus on these issues as well as case studies of Organisation Development, new models of Performance Development and the relationship between a talent management philosophy, employee engagement and achieving cultural change.

With contributions from expert speakers as well as representatives of HUMANE member institutions, the seminar will also feature practical workshops enabling participants to access take-away lessons to be implemented in their home institutions. HR Directors, Organisation Development Directors and other senior HR and OD professionals, as well as HUMANE members will all benefit from attending this seminar. Click here for the programme.

Click here for more information and register now to secure your place at what promises to be a thought provoking and interactive seminar.

The seminar will be held from midday Thursday 28 to midday Friday 29 March, allowing participants to travel home for the weekend, or stay over for the weekend in Amsterdam.

Register now to secure your place.

Steering HUMANE's growth and impact - be a part of our future


Call for expressions of interest

HUMANE’s annual programme has expanded significantly to embrace new leadership and professional development events which have proven to be highly popular with our members.

The expansion of our residential schools held in Barcelona, Berlin and Hong Kong, has been overseen by a small, but highly effective steering group. We believe there is an opportunity to achieve the same growth of our fledgling Professional Pathways Programmes and our long standing Annual Conference.

We are therefore inviting members to express interest in being a member or chair of steering committees to guide the future development of these HUMANE programmes.

Who can submit expressions of interest?

Senior staff from all institutional membership categories are welcome to submit expressions of interest. ‘Senior staff' refers to either the institutional representative, normally the head of administration or equivalent, or another senior member of staff, normally a past participant of a HUMANE residential programme.

What will membership of a steering committee involve?

Taking a lead from existing steering committees, these new groups will meet in person once or twice each year, as well as hold Skype/Zoom or telephone conference calls. Their primary purpose is to create a growth agenda and steer its implementation. The modus operandi is collegial and informal, but with a focus on achieving results. The committee will conduct its business in English.

Face to face meetings will be timed to enable the chairs of the new committees to attend HUMANE’s Executive Committee meetings to report progress.

We want to create two steering committees in the first instance, one for the expansion of the Annual Conference and the other to guide the future development of Professional Pathways Programmes.

How should I apply?

In addition to submitting a summary one-page CV, all that is required is:

  • a covering letter, which may be in the form of an email message, outlining what you think you would bring to a steering committee;
  • your preferences in terms of specific committee membership;
  • and whether or not you would like to be considered as a potential committee chair.

If you are interested in a chairing role, you may wish to outline briefly your thoughts on the committee’s potential future agenda.

All Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tim Evans in the secretariat at contact(at) by close of business on Friday February 8, 2019.

How will committee membership be decided?

The Executive Committee of HUMANE will review and manage the expressions of interest process, including any follow up phone calls. Depending on the volume of expressions of interest received, the Executive Committee will do its best to accommodate members’ interests and preferences, if not immediately then in the near future when additional steering committees/working groups will be created.

To conclude

Our mission is to be Europe’s leading international network for higher education professionals by providing forums and platforms for international networking, showcasing innovation and providing professional development for our members and their senior staff.

Members of these new committees will have the opportunity to help shape our Association’s future growth, optimising its impact for the benefit of our members and higher education more generally.

Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a changing HE landscape - HUMANE Professional Pathways at the University of Edinburgh, February 25-26

Generalist Administrators

Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a changing HE landscape

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh, February 25-26
Register now to secure your place

Final programme announced

All European universities are developing strategies to deal with profound, transformational changes in society. Those that understand emerging trends and adapt to them will prosper and those that don't will struggle. Evolution theory suggests that this should favour those who are more adaptable, rather than those who are necessarily stronger. Will this be true of generalist university administrators?

This highly interactive professional pathways programme will be of particular interest to ambitious generalists such as: academic registrars and directors of academic services, faculty and school managers, student service managers, institutional planners, and senior governance officers and their staff.

The programme begins by posing big questions: how will our universities evolve in the decades ahead? And how can we best adapt to the megatrends sweeping across the HE landscape?

The following sessions will focus more on how these changes play out in institutional settings, as well as the implications for generalist administrators. Where will opportunities emerge for talented generalists with the right portfolio of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience? How can they best equip themselves to deal successfully with the major challenges that lie ahead? Why are some universities recruiting some of their most senior professional staff from other sectors.

The programme has been designed to be highly interactive with a good balance of intensive small group work along with more traditional presentations. Helping participants to prepare personal career development action plans will be a major feature of the programme.

The programme is on the 25-26 February 2019, with delegates arriving on the evening of the 24th for an informal team drinks reception.

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE-EFMD 2019 Winter School for Senior Managers

HUMANE-EFMD Winter School for Senior Managers

2019 Edition, Barcelona, 10-15 March, 2019

Now Open for Applications


We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Winter School. Please use this link.

Throughout Europe, and despite apparent differences between national systems, senior managers in higher education have to deal with very similar issues. The increasing impact and importance of international strategy is a case in point.


The HUMANE-EFMD Winter School develops the leadership potential of talented Senior Managers by making them fully aware of the concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context, and the importance of integrating all areas of academic support, including finance, human resources, governance services, and marketing and communications.


The programme is both participative and intensive, comprising plenary sessions and practical work in small groups. All participants are encouraged to discuss the experience of their own institutions. The working language is English, but presenters are very used to dealing with various levels of English language proficiency.


The Winter School focuses on leadership and management skills in the context of the “big picture” of global higher education.

Participants will gain experience in making informed choices in decision-making in relation to strategic issues. The Winter School uses the experience of HUMANE and EFMD members to give unique first-hand insight into complex institutional changes. The geographical and cultural spread of our members ensure that this discussion is not system-specific.


The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of administrative services, many of whom will be aspiring to become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager in higher education. Candidates may be either generalists or specialists, but will have an ambition to broaden their management responsibilities in the institution. All applicants need to be nominated by their institutional head of administration and a HUMANE/EFMD School Steering Committee makes a final decision on applications.

Application criteria

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A one page statement describing their qualifications and why they are interested in attending the Winter School, explaining how it will benefit their institution and their personal development
  • A one to two page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from their head of administration

The website for applications is now open.

The number of participants is limited to 40. Applicants will know whether their application has been successful by the first half of December 2018.

Funding Opportunities

Universities and Business Schools may also wish to explore travel funding opportunities from the EU for training activities (for more information, please check the Erasmus + Programme guide)

Application Deadline

Applications can be made until 31 October 2018.


The programme will be available soon on the website.

Practical Information

Dates and venue

The 2019 edition of the HUMANE-EFMD Winter School will be co-organised and hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and will take place in Barcelona (ES) on the 10-15 March 2019.


The fee for the week-long course will be €3,750 for HUMANE or EFMD members (plus VAT if applicable). It includes fees for tuition, all documentation and accommodation but excludes travel costs.


Accommodation is included in the fee and will be in a hotel in Barcelona.

2019 Winter School Website and Leaflet

Website and leaflet

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to fill in the online application form
For further information please contact Cécilia Heidelberger

Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova - HUMANE Study Visit - November 25-27

HUMANE 2018 Study Visits

University of Padova, November 25-27

Making positive change happen: organisational turnaround at the University of Padova


How do you go about achieving lasting change in one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning, the Università degli Studi di Padova?

Despite being a member of the Coimbra Group, the network of ancient research universities which includes the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Salamanca, Jena, Leuven and Leiden, Padova is not immune from the pressures of international competition, funding constraints and the relentless drive for greater efficiency, or the need cultural renewal.

It is against this background that HUMANE member and Director General of the University of Padova, Alberto Scuttari, has embarked upon a programme to transform the administration and management of this venerable institution.

As a comprehensive university with: circa 60,000 students; a technical-administrative staff of circa 2,500 employees; an academic staff of about 2,500; multiple sites spread over the Veneto region; a host of research centres, science and technology hubs affiliated with the University; a university hospital, museums, libraries and halls of residence, the scope of the transformation is immense, as is the scale of the changes needed.

The approach Alberto and his senior colleagues have taken has been to emphasise the power of taking positive action to achieve systemic cultural change for the benefit of Padova’s students, staff and other stakeholders.

The Padova Study Visit provides a wonderful opportunity to investigate how the University has embraced the need for transformational change, the methods it is using to achieve its objectives, the successes they have achieved and the lessons learned so far.

The study visit will be an intensive one and a half day engagement, with informal networking opportunities and plenty of opportunity for participative group work and discussion, taking place in one of Europe’s most beautiful university cities.

The programme has been designed to allow participants to learn about our host’s lessons learned as well as their successes; and for the hosts to learn from participants, particularly during the structured feedback sessions.

Register now to secure a place - this is a popular programme with a limit of maximum 20 participants.

Visit our website for information on the full 2018 programme of events.