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HUMANE Seminar - University of London Friday 4 to Saturday 5 November, 2016

HUMANE Seminar

University of London Friday 4 to Saturday 5 November, 2016

Attainment, Access and Affordability in Higher Education: system-level and institutional responses in the early 21st century

Additional Thursday Afternoon Workshop Added


In response to requests from members involved in reviewing their IT operations, the University of London and King’s College London will jointly host a workshop on Thursday afternoon, the 3rd of November, on developments in these two institutions in shared services, service innovation and the implementation of new IT operating models.

The workshop agenda, is as follows:

1. Recent developments in shared IT services at the University of London

  • Cyber Security
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Cloud hosting

2. Recent developments in shared IT services at King’s College London

  • The Slough Data Centre
  • High Performance Computing
  • Public/private partnerships in e-education

3. Service innovations at University of London and King's College London

  • KCL's Cornwall Service Centre
  • UoL's Computer Centre (ULCC): recent innovations and developments

4. Innovations in service management and delivery

Commencing at 13.00 with a sandwich lunch and ending around 17.00, senior IT professionals at the University of London and King’s College London will conduct an interactive, informal workshop, sharing their honest experiences and observations. This workshop is a part of our HUMANE Seminar in London, included in the seminar fee. Please note your attendance when registering online.

Main Seminar
Keynote Speakers

According to the Economist, the global tertiary-enrolment ratio – the share of the student-age population at university – went up from 14% to 32% in the two decades to 2012; in that time, the number of countries with a ratio of more than half rose from five to 54. University enrolment is growing faster even than demand for that ultimate consumer good, the car.

However, both market-based and state funding models of satisfying this burgeoning demand have had mixed success at best in getting under-represented groups into higher education. And even when they do, the attainment gap between higher and lower socio-economic groups is still significant, despite a generation of social inclusion policies.

An impressive group of keynote speakers will help us to take on these big issues, including:

Prof. Bertrand Monthubert President, Campus France (FR) Reading the Currents: the outlook for HE access and attainment in France

Baroness Alison Wolf Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London (UK) A Bleak Future? Universal tertiary education, and what happens if we get it wrong

Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke Former UK Education and Home Secretary (UK) The Political Economy of Higher Education Financing Policy

Prof. Les Ebdon Director of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education (UK) Why universities should do more to promote social mobility

Dr. Michael Harms Director of Communications, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (DE) No Fees, No Problem? Access to and affordability of German Higher Education

Alexandra Rosenbach Chief Strategy Advisor Internationalisation, Maastricht University (NL) Money Talks: access, affordability and attainment in Dutch Higher Education: creating an inspiring and diverse international classroom at Maastricht University

With additional presentations from:

Prof. Bo-Anders Jönsson - Pro-Dean, University of Lund (SE) - Recent developments in higher education access and educational attainment policy in Sweden: a University of Lund perspective

Andy Moss - Senior Vice President, Pearson Education (UK) - Transforming educational attainment: innovations and developments in the for profit HE sector

Nadine Almanasfi and Aaron Porter - Post-graduate student and former student president, and former National Union of Students President (UK) - A student representative’s perspective of the access and attainment agenda and what the future holds

Doreen Thompson, Billy Reed and KCL students - Widening Participation Unit, King’s College London (UK) - Widening Participation and social inclusion strategy at King’s College London

Download the Seminar Flyer

The flyer is available here.

Register Online

Register here.

Provisional Programme

Is available here. Please note - content is subject to change.


Who Can Attend?

The HUMANE Seminar in London is open to:

HUMANE Members

  • HUMANE Members
  • HUMANE Members can also attend with one or more colleagues
  • HUMANE Members can also send colleagues from their University

WSAN Members

  • Winter School Alumni can attend all HUMANE events

EFMD and EUA Members

Plus other Higher Education professionals may apply to attend here

Seminar Fees

The Seminar Fee is € 495 . This includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, the HUMANE Dinner on Friday.

Accompanying people are charged at € 75, this includes lunch on Friday and Saturday plus the HUMANE Dinner on Friday but no admittance to the seminar sessions.

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter and invoice. Please wait until you receive the invoice before arranging the payment.

Accommodation and Practical Information

Will be sent to participants upon registration.

Provisional Seminar Schedule

Thursday 3 November:
IT Workshop lunch from 13:00

Friday 4 November:
Registration and lunch from 12:00 / Seminar sessions 14:00 to 17:00 // HUMANE Seminar Dinner 19:30

Saturday 5 November:
Seminar sessions 09:00 to 13:00 / lunch

Seminar Website

Information can be found here


Please register online at: online registration

EFMD-HUMANE 2017 Winter School for Senior Managers - information

EFMD-HUMANE Winter School for Senior Managers

2017 Edition
Barcelona, 19-24 March 2017



Throughout Europe, and despite apparent differences between national systems, senior managers in higher education have to deal with very similar issues. The increasing impact of international initiatives reinforce this common interest. The top managers of tomorrow will be those who understand the global environment and can capitalise on opportunities for development.


The EFMD (ESMU) - HUMANE 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 academic matters, finances, human resources, governance, leadership and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy.


The programme is highly intensive, including plenary sessions and practical work in small groups. Participants are encouraged to discuss the situation of their own institutions. The working language is English, but presenters are well used to dealing with various levels of language proficiency.

Subject matter

The Winter School focuses on leadership skills and the “big picture” of management (how to identify and implement necessary changes). However, the context of university life and the developing scene across Europe provide a unifying thread – this is not just “yet another” management course.

Participants gain experience in making informed choices in decision-making processes. The Winter School uses the experience of EFMD and HUMANE members to give unique first-hand insight into general problems. 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 administration or services, some of who might become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager and/or head of administration in the future but who at this moment may not be a deputy or senior colleague. Candidates may be an expert or a specialist with the potential to broaden responsibility and move in due course to a senior management position. They are nominated by their own heads of administration, and selected by the School Steering Committee.

Application criteria

The Winter School is designed for talented managers of administration or services, some of whom might become heads of administration in the future.

Applicants must during the application process provide:

  • A one page statement describing your qualifications and why you are interested in this Winter School
  • A one (or maximum two) page curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from your head of administration

The website for applications will be open from the end of August 2016.

The number of participants is limited to 40. Applicants will know whether their application has been successful or not in the beginning of December 2016.

Funding Opportunities

  • Two scholarships available!
    EFMD and HUMANE are pleased to announce the availability of two scholarships for outstanding individuals to attend the 2017 edition of the Winter School of Senior Managers from universities and business schools.
    The two scholarships are of the amount of 1.500€ and come as a reduction of the Winter School fees (€ 3,625 ). They are available for applicants from EFMD and HUMANE member institutions. (More information coming soon)
  • 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 2016.

The programme will be available shortly on the website.

Practical Information

Dates and venue

The 2017 edition of the EFMD-HUMANE Winter School will be co-organised and hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and will take place in Barcelona (ES) on the 19-24 March 2017.


The fee for the week-long course will be € 3,625 for HUMANE or EFMD members (plus VAT if applicable).
It includes fees for tuition, all documentation and accommodation but excludes travel costs.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be confirmed in writing.

  • Cancellations until 15 January 2017: 30% of fees (plus VAT if applicable)
  • 16 January to 30 January 2017: 60% of fees (plus VAT if applicable)
  • From 31 January 2017 onwards: 100% of fees (plus VAT if applicable)


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

2017 Winter School Website

Dedicated website


The website for applications will be open at the end of August 2016.
For further information please contact Cecilia Heidelberger (

HUMANE - EUA Information - EUA announces 3rd Funding Forum

EUA Announces its 3rd Funding Forum
University of Porto, Portugal, 6-7 October 2016

Building on the success of the previous editions, EUA is pleased to invite you to the 3rd EUA Funding Forum, hosted by the University of Porto, Portugal, on 6 and 7 October 2016.

A biennial event, which has become the true highlight of the European university funding scene, the Funding Forum is a unique, inclusive platform open to all higher education funding stakeholders – university leaders and managers, researchers, students, public authorities, public and private funders and partners. This year’s Forum will focus on the crucial issues of delivering value to society and efficient university management, as well as key conditions that enable universities to fulfil their missions in an effective way.

At a time when public finances are under increased pressure, funding models for universities are being revised with the perspective of optimising expenditure and generating greater added value while increasing the efficiency of the sector. In many European countries, it is becoming highly relevant for the university sector to show and quantify its contribution to society, in social but also economic terms.

Designed against this backdrop, the Forum will take stock and help shape the future of the higher education funding agenda at the regional, national and European level. It will invite participants to discuss the following questions:

  • Which policies and strategies can help universities to efficiently fulfil their missions?
  • How can the contribution of universities to society be assessed, let alone measured?
  • Should universities communicate on their economic added value? And if so, how?
  • What are the expectations of funders and policy makers? How can stakeholders develop a productive dialogue at system level?
  • What are the latest trends and the future of European funding?
  • How can universities explore new partnerships and diversify their funding streams?

The Forum provides a unique opportunity for peer learning and the exchange of the latest scientific and practical knowledge on how to foster and make the contribution of universities to society and the economy more visible.

The preliminary programme, including session descriptions and further information are now available on the Funding Forum website.
Information and registration
The registration deadline is 22 September 2016. You can register here

HUMANE Autumn Seminar - September 30 to October 1 in London

HUMANE Autumn Seminar in London
Friday 30 September to Saturday 1 October, 2016

New HE Business Models

We are delighted to announce that our Autumn Seminar will take place in London from Friday 30 September to Saturday 1 October. The provisional title is New HE Business Models.

Please already put the dates in your agenda.

As soon as we have finalised the details we will contact you again.

HUMANE Annual Conference: Global University Rankings and Institutional Strategic Positioning - Groningen, The Netherlands, 17-18 June

HUMANE Annual Conference
University of Groningen (NL)
Friday 17 to Saturday 18 June, 2016

Global University Rankings and Institutional
Strategic Positioning

Virtually no executive team in a contemporary multi-faculty university can ignore the publication of national and global rankings.

One way or another, these ranking publications affect student demand and recruitment, the perceptions of staff candidates during the recruitment process, institution-to-institution networks and alliances, and universities' general reputation.

At best, a good performance in rankings can contribute to an ambitious institutional zeitgeist, or at the very least have a positive impact on staff, student and alumni morale.

But crafting an institutional strategy with an over-focus on improving performance in rankings is fraught with dangers. Staff often find it de-motivating and shallow; the statistical complexity and capriciousness of rankings often make them difficult to predict; and gaming the system to achieve rankings success may even divert leadership energy and resources from real strategy. And yet......nearly all universities use rankings to varying degrees in their global positioning.

Our seminar assembles an experienced array of speakers to help us grapple with these strategic tensions.

Topics and questions to be traversed include:

  • what actions are needed to embrace rankings within universities management and leadership systems in a helpful and proportionate way?
  • how should institutions' stakeholders expectations be managed with regard to rankings?
  • what are some examples of good practice where institutions integrate their rankings tactics into their wider and real academic strategy?
  • and what is the role of leadership in successful strategic positioning in a world where rankings loom large?

These and other topics will be debated over the course of the seminar. It promises to be a lively and intellectually engaging event, relevant to anyone involved in strategic institutional leadership.

We look forward to welcoming you to Groningen.

Speakers Announced (in alphabetical order)

Kurt Deketelaere - Secretary General, LERU (League of European Research Universities) and Professor of Law at KU Leuven (BE)

Alexander Grudzinskiy & Alexander Bedny - (Alexander Grudzinskiy:) Director - Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Alexander Bedny:) Vice-Rector for International Affairs at the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (RU)

Rainer Heuer - Head of the Strategy Development and Controlling Unit, University of Göttingen (DE)

Peter Honeth - Former State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research and former Secretary General of the University of Lund (SE)

Nannette Ripmeester - Director Client Relations Europe for the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) and Director & Founder of Expertise in Labour Mobility and Director, Expertise in Labour Mobility (ELM) (NL)

Jules van Rooij - Senior Advisor Research Policy and Institutional Research, Coordinator Research Assessment, University of Groningen (NL)

Lambert Verveld - President, Amsterdam University of the Arts (NL)

Helen Watson - Director of Planning and Resource Allocation, University of Oxford (UK)

Marijk van der Wende - Member of ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities also known as the Shanghai Ranking) International Advisory Board and Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Higher Education, Utrecht University (NL) Conference Chair: Stephan van Galen - Secretary-General, University of Groningen (NL)

Download the Conference Flyer

The Conference flyer is available to download here


Who Can Attend?
The HUMANE Annual Conference is an open event for all higher education professionals.

Conference Fees
The Conference Fee is € 495 . This includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, the HUMANE Dinner and the social programme on Saturday afternoon.

Accompanying people and HUMANE Friends are charged at € 160, this includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, the HUMANE Dinner and the social programme on Saturday afternoon.

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation letter and invoice. Please wait until you receive the invoice before arranging the payment.

Accommodation and Practical Information
WIll be sent to participants when available.

Provisional Seminar Schedule
Friday 17 June:
Registration and lunch from 12:00 / Conference sessions 14:00 to 18:00 // HUMANE
Seminar Dinner 20:00
Saturday 18 June:
Conference sessions 09:00 to 13:00 / lunch / social programme then dinner

Social Programme
Will be announced shortly

Conference Website
Information can be found here

Please register online at: online registration