HEDG Summer Meeting 8-9th June 2023

8th June 2023

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th June 2023 – Burlington Hotel in Birmingham  – in person meeting


8th June, Thursday afternoon meeting 4pm – 6pm, followed by dinner in the hotel

Understanding and Supporting Member’s Strategic Priorities

Creation of HEDG Funds to support strategic impact in the sector


9th June, Friday

8.30am HEDG Networking Breakfast with optional peer coaching walks

10am – Welcome and What’s on Top

10.30 – 12noon Advance HE and transitions to the new PSF

Karen Hustler (SFHEA), Head of Accreditation and Excellence Awards, Advance HE. Karen joined the HEA in 2014, having previously been Higher Education Manager at Askham Bryan College York, and leads the Accreditation and Teaching Excellence Awards (NTFS and CATE) teams at Advance HE

Louise Lumsden (SFHEA), Head of Fellowships (Teaching) at Advance HE. Louise joined the HEA in 2014 having previously led professional development at Askham Bryan College York and Interior Design degree programmes at the Hull College Group. Louise leads the Fellowship team at Advance HE

10.30 – 11.15 Presentation

Introduction to the PSF 2023 – what has changed in terms of descriptors and in terms of format/evidence for submitting for all categories. Advice for those making judgements.

Advice for those leading accreditation schemes eg when do they need to start using the PSF 2023 in their accredited programmes, reaccreditation process

Implications for mentoring of those seeking fellowship – scope and resourcing

Issues around training of those contributing to the implementation of accredited programmes – scope and resourcing

11.15 – 11.40 Discussion groups

11.40 – 12.00 Feedback from groups to Karen and Louise

12noon – 12.45pm Lunch

12.45 – 2.00pm – Fiona Denney and Leadership workshop

Professor Fiona Denney is a Professor of Leadership and Business Education in the Organisations and People division in Brunel Business School at Brunel University London. In a career spanning over 25 years, Fiona has been a business studies academic in the areas of marketing and general management and leadership and she has held a number of central university leadership positions. Between 2003 and 2019, Fiona worked in academic staff and researcher development, including being the Assistant Director of the Graduate School at King’s College London and heading up the Brunel Educational Excellence Centre at Brunel University London until 2019. Both of these positions plus national and international work in researcher development have involved Fiona in strategic leadership and operational management including managing people, projects and resources, which now form her research interests in the areas of leadership, and management in higher education.

Fiona also provides consultancy work for Epigeum, a leading developer of online courses for higher education and she is an executive coach for The Iversen Practice, where she specialises in working with women who seek a space to find their true direction, and anyone who needs help in navigating unhealthy power dynamics. Fiona has also designed and facilitated numerous leadership programmes and workshops for those who are seeking to progress in their careers and she has particular interests in researching and supporting the development of compassionate leadership approaches and mentoring women in their career progression.


2.00 – 3pm Nick Hillman from HEPI, strategic alliance with HEDG

Nick Hillman has been the Director of HEPI since 2014. He worked for the Rt Hon David Willetts MP (now Lord Willetts), the Minister for Universities and Science, from 2007 until the end of 2013, as Chief of Staff and then Special Adviser in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was a History teacher and worked at the Association of British Insurers. At the 2010 general election, he was the runner-up in Cambridge.

He has written for a range of think tanks and journals. His journal articles include pieces on the Coalition’s higher education reforms for the Oxford Review of Education (2016), on access to schools and selective universities for Higher Education Review (2014) and on the fifty-year history of student loans for Contemporary British History (2013). He also wrote the authoritative account of being a special adviser for the Institute of Government (2014).

His recent research for HEPI includes a paper on the tenure of vice-chancellorsa history of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a piece on the likely impact of Brexit on student demand and university governance in a new age of regulation.

In late 2020, he was shortlisted for the first Prospect magazine Think Tanker of the Year Award. He is an Honorary Fellow of both Queen Mary University of London (2016) and the National Conference of University Professors (2022).

3pm Close