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UoG leads national scheme to improve board diversity in higher education

The University of Gloucestershire is spearheading a groundbreaking initiative aimed at improving the diversity and inclusivity of higher education governing bodies.

It has been at the forefront of developing the Advance HE’s Board Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit – the first of its kind for the sector – providing universities and other higher education providers with the support and information they need to tackle under-representation at board level.

The Toolkit, which will be launched online on 2 November, evolved out of the Board Diversity Project led by the University in collaboration with international executive search firm Perrett Laver, aiming to collate, understand and share members’ practice to deliver on board diversity.

Dr Adeela ahmed Shafi MBE, Associate Professor in Education at the University of Gloucestershire, who is leading the Project said: “The team at the University of Gloucestershire is delighted to have developed the Toolkit in partnership with Advance HE and Perrett Laver.

“Using this guidance, informed by new data, we hope higher education providers will be able to important and meaningful adaptions to their boards.

“The Toolkit is suitable for anyone who is interested in tacking under-representation and aiming for inclusion at board level in the higher education sector.”

Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society.

Dr Adeela ahmed Shafi MBE