The GuildHE Networks provide an opportunity for senior managers in GuildHE member institutions to network and to have an input into key policy discussions and consultations.

The programmes for Network meetings are set to reflect topical issues of interest or concern for all Network members. Typically they include presentations from external bodies plus an opportunity for practical workshops and discussion.

Some of the networks meet several times in the year and others are ‘virtual’ and receive electronic briefings, meeting only when there are specific matters of concern to GuildHE members. Network arrangements are seen as part of the service that GuildHE provides for its members so are normally free of charge to member institutions.

Network members are usually the senior manager with responsibility for the area concerned. Detailed below is a summary of the Networks –

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Admissions & Recruitment

Meets twice a year. Regular speakers from UCAS. Chair is Graeme Slater, ICMP 

Contact – Kate

Alumni & Fundraising

Meets twice a year, for heads of fundraising and development. Recent sessions on small shop fundraising, alumni engagement and GDPR

Contact – Angellique

Clerks to the board

This is a new network and we are seeking to run several meetings in 2021/22 linked to our anti-racism project considering board culture, diversifying the board and wider
EDI strategy issues.

Contact – Alex


A new Network on environmental and sustainability issues


Contact – Alex

Estates, Finance & ICT

Mailings and events when necessary.

Contact – Angellique


Human Resources

Meets up to three times a year, with regular updates from UCEA. Chair is Giosi Birkett, Director of HR, Newman University

Contact – Angellique

Innovation, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange (IEKE)

Meets twice a year with additional workshops. The network brings together senior leaders in the areas of knowledge exchange, enterprise, innovation. IEKE works closely with GuildHE Research

Contact – Matthew


Virtual, with events in conjunction with UUK International

Contact – Alex/Matthew

Librarians Network

For staff in Libraries and Information Services at member institutions

Contact – Ben

Marketing & Communications

Meets up to three times a year. Discusses issues of Marketing and internal and external comms in HEPs 

Contact – Dom

Policy & Planning

For Policy Advisors/Planners/Analysts. Chair is Prof Emma Hunt, Deputy VC, AUB

Contact – Kate

Quality Management


Meets up to three times a year. This network brings together heads of quality to discuss a range of issues which in the past year has included grade inflation, degree algorithms, Quality Code reforms. Chair is Jon Renyard, Director for Student Experience, AUB


Contact – Alex


Network aimed at Heads of university administration including registrar and COO positions


Contact – Alex

Research (GuildHE Research)

GuildHE Research runs events and activities for research staff and students throughout the year, and members have access to a range of shared services (separate subscriptions). The current Director is Peter Childs, Newman University

Contact – Matthew

Student Support
Meets up to three times a year bringing together student support staff

Contact – Kate

Students Union

Meetings include events with NUS and the Quality Network

Contact – Dom

Teaching and Learning

New Network aimed at Directors of Learning and Teaching

Contact- Alex



ukadia is a network open to specialist arts institutions and meets three times a year. The Chair is Prof John Last, VC at NUA. More details of ukadia’s members can be found at (separate subscription)


Contact –

Widening Participation

For staff with responsibility for WP and Access & Participation plans. Chair is Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students, Worcester University

Contact – Kate