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 eNewsletter and Coronavirus Update

The HUMANE eNewsletter (Spring 2021) and Coronavirus Update (December 2020) are out now.

Please check out the latest HUMANE eNewsletter  and Coronavirus update publications. Among other subjects we look into how Covid-19 is effecting not only our members’ institutions but also the wider HE world and outline our activities for 2021.

HUMANE Members receive a copy directly to their inbox.

2021 Annual Conference, Paris (FR), November 4-5, 2021

Hosted by the Collège de France (FR)

We are assuming that travel will again be possible in the autumn and therefore are pleased to confirm that we will be able to deliver our two day Annual Conference, hosted by Collège de France, Paris. 

We will publish further details here shortly, but for now, save the date.

More Information coming soon.

HUMANE Summer School, Berlin (DE), September 19 – 24, 2021

Transforming HE Professional Services

Hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin (DE)

The Summer School focuses on achieving sustainable change in relation to universities’ operations. Participants use professional services transformation programme case studies and other material to explore global best practice in this area.

The programme content focuses on the wide variety of contrasting approaches to meeting the challenge of effecting policy and strategy change. Topics such as globalisation, strategic change management, strategic financial management, human resource management and strategic communication are covered over the course of the week.

We are looking for applications from fast rising middle to senior managers, keen to learn more about the art and science of leading and managing large-scale changes in operations and support services. Applicants must be open to non-hierarchical, flexible, agile management approaches, including approaches deployed in other industry sectors. Typically, they will be able to demonstrate the potential to move beyond their current roles irrespective of whether they are already working in operations management, or come from a specialist technical, or policy background. 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.

HUMANE Winter School, Barcelona (ES), October 24 – 29, 2021

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.

Designing the Total Student Experience for a Digital Era, March 18, 2021

Interactive webinar and workshop

12 months in, we now understand all too well that the pre- and post-COVID worlds are dramatically different.

In the pre-COVID world, most Universities followed a standard playbook for supporting the student experience. But since the first lockdowns of 2020 and the rapid shift to online teaching and support, that playbook has been openly questioned. Many institutions now feel that they are scrambling to meet student expectations of online provision and support.

What do we know about post-COVID student expectations and their levels of satisfaction with online provision? What have we learned so far about delivering an effective digital student experience? What role will ubiquitous digitisation have on student experience strategy and delivery? What are the other big changes underway amplifying technological changes and their impact on the student experience?

These are just some of the issue we hope to explore in our interactive workshop and webinar, delivered with our partner EAB, about designing a Total Student Experience in a Digital Era.

This free 90-minute programme aims to offer a peer learning experience for our members and senior leaders of the student experience, using a combination of small group workshops and plenary webinar sessions.