• HUMANE Summer Webinar Series
    No way back: opportunities emerging in a post-Covid world
    Starting June 17
    Register now
  • HUMANE Winter School
    Developing the Leadership Potential of Senior University Managers
    UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)
    October 25-30, 2020

HUMANE, Europe’s international network for Higher Education professionals

Driving professional excellence

HUMANE, the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe, is an international association whose aims are to build international networks, to foster innovation in higher education services and to drive professional excellence in higher education management.  

Uniquely, HUMANE supports both the professional development of current executive leaders within the HE sector as well as organisational development through the provision of programmes to promising senior staff. 

Building international networks

Membership of HUMANE provides a cost-effective means to:

  • expand professional networks both locally and internationally,
  • continually develop the skills and expertise that you need to succeed,
  • stay up-to-date on key issues and trends,
  • have the opportunity to work with HE leaders who have first-hand experience of the ever-changing challenges within HE.  

Over the coming year, HUMANE is offering its members a wide range of networking and development events in various European locations and beyond.  

For further information go to the Join HUMANE page or contact us at contact(at)humane.eu.

HUMANE eNewsletter

HUMANE eNewsletter issue 15 (Summer 2020) is out now

HUMANE is delighted to announce that the latest edition of its eNewsletter has just been published. In this issue we look into how Covid-19 is effecting not only our members' institutions but also the wider HE world.

HUMANE Members receive a copy directly to their inbox. A link to the eNewsletter is here. We hope you enjoy it.

HUMANE Coronavirus Update - May 2020

HUMANE Coronavirus Update - May 2020 is out now

In addition to our quarterly eNewsletter, we are introducing a Coronavirus Update to keep our members informed about how other countries and institutions are managing the impact of the pandemic. The Update will provide links to articles, surveys, statistical reports, and be regularly refreshed. Over the coming months, we will also include information on the initiatives higher education leaders around the world are taking as they adapt to the so called new normal.  We hope you find it useful. Click here to access the Update.

HUMANE Summer Webinar Series

No way back: opportunities emerging in a post-Covid world

As the public finances of all European countries come under intense pressure as a result of the decline in economic activity resulting from the pandemic, the risks that will manifest for universities are all too apparent. 

But as with every crisis, there are also opportunities to build on the experiences of the so called Great Lockdown.

Policy changes that would have taken years to agree have been implemented in weeks; on-line teaching has grown at a rate that could not have been imagined three months ago; and many leadership teams have aligned around a common purpose that would not have been possible in times past.  

Over the next couple of months, we are pleased to offer a series of free, short webinar programmes addressing post-Covid opportunities for all HUMANE members and residential school alumni.  The first of these are:

Making the most of Covid-19 emergency management gains: an introduction to Lean

Wednesday June 17th 11.00–12.00 CEST

Emergency management and learning. Will we learn lessons from the pandemic?

Thursday June 25th 10.00–11.00 CEST

The space race: a tipping point for blended learning & universities’ work space?

Wednesday July 1st 12.00–13.00 CEST

For more information click: here

HUMANE Winter School, Barcelona (ES), October 25-30, 2020

Developing the Leadership Potential of the Senior University Managers

Hosted by the UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)

The HUMANE Winter School aims to develop the leadership potential of talented Senior Managers by making them fully aware of:

  • The concepts and practices of strategic management in a European context;
  • The importance of integrating academic matters, finances, human resources, governance, leadership and communication strategy in the elaboration of university strategy.

The Winter School focuses on leadership skills and the “big picture” of management (how to identify and implement necessary changes). Throughout the week participants work on a case resolution on the internationalisation strategy of a University. The context of university life and the developing scene across Europe provide a unifying thread – this is not just “yet another” management course.

The Winter School is designed for talented fast-rising managers of administration or services, some of who might become heads of administration. The typical candidate will be someone who has the potential to become an influential senior manager and/or head of administration in the future but who at this moment may not be a deputy or senior colleague. Candidates may be an expert or a specialist with the potential to broaden responsibility and move in due course to a senior management position. Applicants are nominated by their own head of administration, their dean or equivalent in their organisation. They are selected by a HUMANE panel with extensive experience of leadership management development programmes.

News from our Members and Partners

Ambitious Futures: The graduate programme for university leadership

Each year scores of highly talented graduates leave our universities for professional careers. How can we ensure that we attract, develop and retain the best of that graduate talent for our sector?

Created to address this challenge, Ambitious Futures is a graduate leadership scheme for Higher Education in the UK, now keen to extend its reach beyond the UK. While its programme currently comprises a range of UK-based HUMANE members,  Ambitious Futures is actively developing relationships with partners across the rest of Europe as its next big step.

By recruiting some of the brightest graduates into the sector and providing them with a challenging eighteen-month programme of practical placements and professional development within different universities, the scheme puts participants onto the fast track to leadership roles in professional services.

Contact the Chief Executive, Christine Abbott for more information.