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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.

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.

HUMANE Autumn Seminar - Politics, protest and engagement. University of Trento (IT), 8-9 November 2018

Politics, protest and engagement: working with a changing landscape of student activism in the 21st century

HUMANE Autumn Seminar
November 8-9, 2018
Hosted by the University of Trento


While sit-ins, marches and clashes with authorities are still features of student activism, only a tiny proportion of the student body in most universities are involved in this kind of political activity.

The reality of contemporary student activism is more nuanced. Students are involved in manifold forms of political activity that often falls somewhere between ‘political’ activism and civic engagement. Political expression takes many and varied forms, from activism aimed at changing university governance, partnering with extra-institutional campaigns such as Fossil Free, or participating in student union/university administered social enterprises and volunteering programmes. And a small proportion of students are being radicalised by extremist groups.

With contributing speakers from Italy, France, Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, as well as student activists, our seminar at the University of Trento aims to explore how university administrations have gone about adapting to this changing landscape. The programme will be of interest to heads of administration as well as their key colleagues involved in managing student affairs.

The programme includes a short tour of the MUSE - the Trento Science Museum, where a drinks reception will also be held.

The HUMANE Dinner will be in the spectacular ‘Big Void’ of the museum.

The seminar will be held from midday Thursday 8 to midday Friday 9 November, allowing participants to travel home for the weekend, or stay over for the weekend in the beautiful alpine region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

Practical information about travel and accommodation can be viewed here. Verona is the closest airport linked by fast and frequent trains to Trento, about 60 minutes away.

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE Alumni Network Seminar - making your international networks work for you

Making your international networks work for you:
HUMANE's 16th Alumni Network Seminar

If you have personally attended or sent your staff on a HUMANE Residential programme - the Winter School, Summer School or the Asia Pacific School - you've already extended your international HE networks.

Our Alumni Network’s annual seminar provides an ideal opportunity to develop further those networks to your institution’s advantage, as well as the ongoing development of your staff. If you have not already considered attending, or have yet to alert the HUMANE alumni among your staff, please read on!

UniverCity: hidden in plain sight

HUMANE Alumni Network Seminar
Hosted by the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
September 28-29, 2018

We are delighted to welcome you to the 16th HUMANE Alumni Network seminar, "UniverCity: hidden in plain sight", at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole. The seminar will take place on Friday 28 - Saturday 29 September 2018, and is now open for booking, with full details available here.

Anyone who has attended one of HUMANE-EFMD's residential schools is welcome to join us - be it the Summer School in Berlin, the Winter School in Spain, or the Asia-Pacific School in Hong Kong. We are very excited about extending the membership of what was formerly the Winter School Alumni Network (WSAN) to all HUMANE-EFMD residential school participants. Our annual seminar covers a topic of broad interest, whatever your specialist background. You'll meet like-minded senior university professionals, passionate about their work and interested in higher education internationally, who are great fun to hold discussions with and explore a fascinating venue.

We look forward to meeting you in Toulouse to discuss how to measure, enhance and leverage higher education institutions' impact on their cities and the regions surrounding them. We'll be considering universities'

  • Economic impact
  • Urban and architectural impact, including transportation
  • Social and cultural impact

Known traditionally as "la ville rose", Toulouse is a beautiful, cultural and historic university city with over 97,000 students. Today it is also known as a major hub for science and technology, including the HQ of Airbus (which we will be visiting on a tour). Our host university is easily accessible from the city's airport, and by train and bus. The seminar fee is €395, which includes entry to the seminar and tours, plus catering within the seminar programme. You can bring an accompanying person to the social events for €135. Full details are available upon registration.

Come and join us - you'll be very welcome!

Best wishes,

Cécile Chicoye, Jean-Baptiste Hebraud, Stéphane Kojayan (for the Toulouse organising team) Jane Sherwood (HUMANE Alumni Network Chair, Oxford)

Please note that this seminar is offered exclusively to those who have attended a HUMANE-EFMD Residential School and are therefore members of the Alumni Network.

Register now to secure your place.

HUMANE - Information from EUA - 4th Funding Forum, Barcelona, October 18-19

Information from our partner EUA

Frameworks that empower, universities that deliver
Barcelona 18-19 October, 2018

We are pleased to share the following information from our colleagues at EUA about an event that will be of interest to HUMANE members.

In the fourth edition of this biennial event, universities, public authorities and partners come together to exchange on the latest funding trends, opportunities and challenges of university funding.

This year’s Forum will both feature well-known popular formats and step up interaction among participants through a variety of new activities. Expert panels, in plenary, will frame the topics to introduce the discussion. Master classes will provide an up-to-date overview of most recent trends in higher education and research funding. In the Forum “expert rooms”, university leaders and managers and policy-makers will learn from peers. Participants will engage with each other in learning cafés and roundtables. The event, which philosophy can be summarised by “share and learn to grow and improve”, will focus on empowering institutions in financial and economic environments characterised by uncertainty and risk. Policy-makers will have the opportunity to explore reform mechanisms of interest. In a nutshell, the Forum will enrich the perspectives of both institutional leaders and policy-makers engaged in funding reforms and more broadly in change management.

In particular, the Forum will be an opportunity to:

  • find out about the latest evolutions in public funding to universities across Europe and benchmark investment efforts thanks to EUA’s Public Funding Observatory
  • understand the ins and outs of the debate on efficiency and effectiveness in university management, how much HEIs already do about it, and what policies can support their action;
  • upgrade your capacity to master and manage change as a university leader via exclusive training;
  • assess the stakes of the battle for the next generation of EU funding programmes, and prepare your institution in time;
  • meet among decision-makers to identify ingredients for successful reform design and implementation;
  • get new insights on how to develop partnerships that support your missions as an HEI;
  • learn how to communicate around the impact of your HEI on its environment.

Full information can be found here and the programme is available here