Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

Professional Pathways Programme

A HUMANE professional development programme for generalist administrators

Adapt or die: the power of the generalist in a

 changing HE landscape

Programme subject to marginal change

SUNDAY 24 February
19.00-21.00Informal welcome and induction – paying bar on the ground floor,

Ten Hill Place Hotel

10 Hill Place



Short walking tour of the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle

MONDAY 25 February
09.00Participants gather for coffee and networkingUpper Hall, The Pleasance Courtyard

60 Pleasance

Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

09.15Introduction to the programme: themes; format; and setting some personal objectivesGerry Webber
09.30Welcome to the University and reflections on the role of the generalist in contemporary higher educationPeter Mathieson

VC University of Edinburgh

The times they are a-changin’: megatrends driving change in higher education and beyond
09.50Megatrend one:demography and consumersAlison Angus, Head of Lifestyles, Euromonitor International
10.30Coffee break 
11.00Megatrends two: global economics and the crisis of valuesIngrid Bengtsson-Rijavec, Chief Financial Officer, Malmö University
11.40Megatrends three:innovations in technology and their impact on consumer servicesDave Kenworthy, Director of Digital Services, University of London
13.30Seismic shifts in student expectations: so you think you know all about Gen Z and beyond, do you?Eleri Connick, Student President, University of Edinburgh
14.00Facilitated panel discussion on megatrends and student expectationsGerry Webber and the panel of speakers
14.45Coffee break 
15.15Generalists’ career development action planning session one: opportunities and challenges arising from megatrends for generalists’ career planning, development and progressionAll participants

Group discussions, facilitated by Russell Ashworth, Executive Coach

16.30Plenary session.  Pulling the threads together: reflections on day one and a look forward to day twoFacilitated by Gerry Webber
17.00Day one ends and participants depart for hotels


Drinks reception

Pathways dinner

St. Leonard’s Hall, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
TUESDAY 26 February
08.45Arrival, networking and coffeeUpper Hall, The Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Who do they think they are? 
09.00Where do the Heads of our Professional Services come from? And what do they actually do?  A view from either side of the ChannelDave Hall, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, University of Leicester

Stephan van Galen, Secretary-General, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

09.40Confessions of a headhunter: what do heads of institution and chairs of governing bodies reallylook for when recruiting heads of their professional services?Kate Hunter, Partner, Perrett Laver
10.10Looking from the outside in: the trials, tribulations and joys of shifting sectors to become a University SecretarySarah Smith, University Secretary, University of Edinburgh
10.40 Coffee break 
11.10Senior staff selection: what to expect and how to prepare for itRiitta Silvennoinen

Chief Human Resources Officer, Aalto University

11.40Generalists’ career development action planning session two: building on strengths and addressing weaknesses – small group discussions and individual work to finalise personal action plansAll participants

Group discussions, facilitated by Russell Ashworth, Executive Coach

12.30Final plenary session
12.40Buffet lunch
13.30Participants depart