AMHEC Workshop 2010: Agility in Demanding Times 

Fully inclusive cost: £180 (No increase on 2009 rates)

Following on from the very successful 50th anniversary Conference in March where we thought the ‘unthinkable’ to inform sustainability strategies for our institutions, the question remains ‘are HEIs sufficiently agile to respond appropriately and efficiently to the present and future challenges?’  The BIS letter to Vice Chancellors and Principals of 26 May 2010 emphasised the need for institutions to ‘adapt swiftly’ to the constraints in public finance and think carefully about what we do and how we operate; undoubtedly requiring strong leadership.

This Workshop will provide opportunities to discuss how our HEIs will respond to the political and financial landscape and the importance of effective leadership through demanding times.



12.30    Registration and lunch

13.30    Welcome and Introduction

13.40    Business Session 1: The Political Future – how do HEIs respond?
Chief Executive Officer, GuildHE

14.15    Business Session 2: Hefce Funding, Roles & Relationships
Ian Lewis, Head of Finance, HEFCE

14.45    Business Session 3: The interface of Estate, Carbon, Energy & Environmental Management
Andrew Smith, Head of Estates and Sustainable Development, HEFCE

15.15    Tea

15.30    Facilitated Break-out Groups

17.00     Group Feedback

19.00    Reception – hosted by Dr John Cater, Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University

19.30     Dinner and Bar


08.00    Breakfast

08.45    Business Session 4:  Making an Institution Agile – Why and How?
John Cater, Vice Chancellor, Edge Hill University

09.30    Business Session 5: Agile Leadership in Turbulent Times
Paul Gentle, Programme Director, Leadership Foundation

10.15    Speakers’ question time

10.30    Coffee

10.45    Facilitated Break-out Groups

11.30    Group Feedback

11.45    Business Session 6:  Managing Change: Redundancy & Restructure
Dianne Gilhooley, Eversheds LLP

12.30    Summary

12.45    Lunch and Depart

For more information and to book, please call Emma Gilmartin on 01904 876 748 or email

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