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

Supports members on recruitment and admissions issues. Hosts regular presentations from UCAS. Chair is Graeme Slater, UCFB

Contact – Kate

Alumni & Fundraising

For staff responsible for Alumni and Development. Chair is Polly Bridgman, University of Suffolk

Contact – Dee

Estates, Finance & ICT

Virtual, mailings and events when necessary

Contact – Dee

Innovation, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange (IEKE)

Set up following the GuildHE Innovation Project. Chair: Peter Kettlewell, Harper Adams University

Contact – Matthew


For staff with responsibility for EU and international students. Events in conjunction with UUKi

Contact – Jack

Human Resources

Meets up to three times a year. Regularly joined by UCEA colleagues. Chair is Giosi Birkett, Newman University

Contact – Dee

Marketing & Communications

For Heads of Marketing / Comms (internal and external). Chair is Polly Bridgman, University of Suffolk

Contact – Dee

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. Chair is John Renyard, AUB

Contact – Alex

Research (CREST)

Director is Prof Peter Childs, Newman University

Contact – Rachel

Students Union

Meetings include events with NUS and the Quality Network

Contact – Kate

Student Support

New network. For those responsible for student support services. Chair is Dr. John Conway, RAU

Contact – Kate


For heads of specialist arts institutions. Chair is Prof John Last, Vice Chancellor of NUA

Contact – Dee

Widening Participation

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

Contact – Kate