Partners and Exhibitors
Academic Positions makes attracting international academic talent easy and efficient. Over the past 13 years, we've helped more than 2,500 universities and research institutes find the talent they need to internationalise their academic workforce. We offer innovative recruitment marketing services—including social media promotion campaigns and content marketing—so you can promote your employer brand to candidates in Europe and around the world. We also advertise over 15,000 positions annually on our website academicpositions.com. If you're looking for international faculty and researchers to fill your open positions, we'll help them find you.
Since 2015 Age Scotland have been working with organisations across Scotland, including universities, to increase age-inclusion across all groups in the workplace. Research shows that 83% of organisations say that a multigenerational workforce is key to business growth but 53% don't include age in their Diversity & Inclusion agenda and policy. It is recognised that greater age diversity at work provides organisations with productivity and equality opportunities to harness varied experience and skills from the whole of their workforce.
Age Scotland have developed a wide range of services in this area, ranging from free resources like videos which highlight the importance of an age-inclusive workplace through to funded HR consultancy support. We also run a comprehensive range of interactive workshops to help organisations support older workers specifically as well as raising the profile of age-inclusion to general staff (both virtual and face-to-face) including:
Planning for Your Future (retirement planning workshop with 4 expert speakers)
Immersive Unconscious Bias
Age Inclusion for People Managers & Key Influencers
Dementia Awareness for HR Teams, Line Managers and Carers
Functional Fitness MOTs
Age Scotland have worked with 7,500 older workers from 210 Scottish organisations with 98% recommending our work to colleagues so if age inclusion is on your agenda for 2022 please drop into our virtual stand and we’ll be delighted to chat!
Alumni Global is an internationally renowned executive search, interim and leadership services firm. It is a part of the Harvey Nash Group, employing over 2,500 staff and associates operating across 36 international offices covering the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, with headquarters in London.
The Higher Education and Non‑Profit Practice is a leading and internationally renowned executive search, diversity and inclusion, and people consultancy Practice that has built a firm and credible reputation over the years for appointing to Executive, Non-Executive, and senior academic appointments. We possess extensive cross-sectoral networks across a wide span of industries and have appointed to many of the most prominent universities and organisations in the UK and internationally, offering reach and connectivity with influencers and decision makers across a range of sectors in education and beyond. We have significant experience in assisting organisations undergoing major transformation and change, offering specific expertise in matching leadership with organisational and business needs.
We are experts in senior academic and leadership search and selection across the UK and internationally. We cover a wide range of delivery models, from full executive search, to agile quick-turnaround work, to interim management, to bespoke and tailored consulting on leadership, equity and inclusive best practice.
Our track record in supporting social purpose organisations make senior leadership appointments is significant and based on a qualitative and professional approach. We have an in-depth understanding of the strategic, management and performance issues across the Higher Education, Public, Non-Profit and private sectors, drawing on a senior and experienced team of sector specialists with unrivalled experience of working at executive level across their sector specialisms.
We are independent specialists in workplace investigation, dispute resolution and investigative review with considerable knowledge and experience of Higher Education. Founded in 2010, we have over the past decade undertaken successful assignments in over 50 HEIs. Our team of experienced investigators, reviewers and dispute resolvers, with backgrounds in senior management, human resources, legal, finance and audit, are able quickly to understand client needs and deal confidently with the full range of complex and difficult employment relations issues. We pride ourselves on prompt and high-quality service, a systematic project approach to every assignment and our ability to be “thoughtful practitioners”.
Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 national law firm providing legal and advisory services advising businesses across construction, energy and resource management, higher education and financial services sectors, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care.
Our team of specialist higher education lawyers work with a growing number of universities and HEIs, including members of the internationally renowned Russell Group as well as dynamic new universities and colleges, providing well informed, pragmatic legal solutions, whilst delivering excellent value for money.
Contact our award-winning teams us today for advice on COVID-19 related issues, education law including student disciplinary and academic misconduct processes, estate management and commercial and corporate law.
Browne Jacobson LLP
With bases in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Exeter and our founding city of Nottingham, and links across the globe, Browne Jacobson LLP is a national law firm with international reach. Our 500+ Lexcel and ISO accredited lawyers – including 140+ partners across six practices – are bound together by our shared values. We’re all dedicated to decency, simplicity and creative solutions – and we’re excited about what we can achieve together.
Connection gets results, makes all parties stronger and is central to the Browne Jacobson approach. It’s in the way we partner with our clients, working as an extension of their in-house teams. It’s in the links we forge between clients and sectors for mutual benefit. And it’s in the open and collaborative way we work with each other.
In a sector that’s undergone significant change, our experience sets us apart.
We recognise that it is more important than ever that you can rely on specialist and dedicated lawyers that understand the competitive, challenging environment in which you operate. As an extension of your in-house legal and HR teams we will help you to make informed decisions and identify and manage risk. Our employment and HR services include (but are not limited to) recruitment, contractual and settlement agreements, immigration issues, pensions, employment training solutions and advocacy services. We can also provide you with practical resolutions to grievance, disciplinary, ill-health and performance-related matters.
Known for giving practical advice, having strong market knowledge and being proactive and prepared to give ‘If I were you’ advice, please do contact us to discuss how we can help you.
DFN Project SEARCH
DFN Project SEARCH is the biggest transition to work programme for people with learning disabilities and autism in the world! We are a community that gives voice to a social injustice – did you know that only 6% of people with learning disabilities and autism are in work in the UK? Yet 70% of those on our programme secure paid work, at above the minimum wage and an incredible 60% are full time roles.
We are really proud to be a social movement for change that makes clear economic sense, is the right thing to do and enables people to be the best that they can be.
What makes us different from other models? We are evidence based, high aiming and everything we do is based on research. We are committed to continuous improvement and are pace setters in this area. Our programme is based on strong partnerships and our role is to provide the model, tools, training, and quality assurance to enable each participant to flourish. This model has been running for 25 years and once a programme is established it is evidently sustainable.
We know that having a career makes you healthier, wealthier, and happier yet people with learning disabilities and autism are often denied this. Our model is about supporting people to have a prosperous and fulfilled life. This experience changes the lives of the young people we serve, their families and communities.
We are always looking for innovative and dynamic people who genuinely want to make a difference. Does this resonate with you and your organisation? If so, we look forward to having a key conversation together – please do visit our virtual stand for a conversation or email us at email@example.com
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Eversheds Sutherland LLP is an international law firm with 74 offices in 35 countries. Our Education Sector Group is ranked in band 1 in Legal 500 and Chambers Directories for both our education and our employment law expertise. We have a dedicated team of experienced education lawyers with a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by HE institutions locally, nationally and internationally.
We provide legal advice and support to HE institutions across the full range of their HR-related activities. This includes complex high value tribunal proceedings, organisational change, industrial relations, investigations, staff discipline and grievances, whistleblowing challenges, international staffing and collaborations, immigration issues, equality and diversity, fixed-term/hourly paid staff, health and safety, reputation management and HR-related governance and regulatory matters.
We are delighted to be supporting UHR with this year’s annual conference.
Explorance is a provider of People Insights solutions. The company empowers organizations with actionable decision-making by measuring students' and employees' needs, expectations, skills, knowledge, and competencies. Through scalable automation with tools including Blue and Metrics That Matter and expert-based services, Explorance facilitates continuous improvement and accelerates the insight-to-action cycle, leading to personal growth and organizational agility.
Founded in 2003, Explorance is headquartered in Montreal with business units in Chicago, Chennai, Melbourne, Amman, and London. Explorance works with 35% of the Fortune 100 and 25% of the top higher education institutions, including 8 of the world’s top 10 business schools. The company has clients in more than 40 countries. Since 2014, Explorance has been consecutively ranked as a top employer by the Great Places to Work Institute® and is currently the #1 "Best Workplace in Canada" for 2021. To learn more, please visit Explorance.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter @explorance.
Farrer & Co
Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service. From our offices in London we work with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service. Our Higher Education team is consistently ranked for Education in the leading legal directories, and was awarded Legal 500’s award for Firm of the Year for Education in 2020. Our university clients choose us because they value our ability to offer advice of the highest quality across all their activities. We can field specialists in every discipline, from employment, through to charity law and governance, intellectual property, and data protection. This diverse expertise combined with an intricate knowledge of how the education sector works means we can work quickly and proactively to resolve their issues.
GatenbySanderson is the UK’s leadership expert spanning Education and broader public services. We work within complex markets that are subject to high degrees of governance and public scrutiny and organisations at the heart of social and policy change.
Our reach and networks extend across Central and Local Government, Health, Defence, Housing, Not for Profit, Regulation, Faith organisations and the wider Education sector. We build long term, intelligent relationships and provide outstanding people care to support strategic corporate and academic leadership appointments at Board and Executive Level.
Whether identifying the next Vice Chancellor, devising top team or board development programmes, creating more inclusive teams or driving through organisational change initiatives, we partner with organisations to provide future ready leadership, improve board performance and accelerate change. We provide positive challenge, creativity and a rigorous process to those organisations looking to introduce or develop new talent, while managing risk.
We deliver diversity and inclusion with one of the largest track records of senior diverse appointee - under-represented groups make up 60% of all appointees. Our focus upon intersectionality, lived experience and social background offers a more nuanced approach to inclusive search strategies, where we adopt a creative, lateral approach to access influencers and shapers.
We achieve some of the highest levels of candidate and client care within the industry. Using the globally recognised customer service metric of Net Promoter Score (NPS), we achieve a ‘world class’ rating putting us in the top quartile of professional services industries globally.
As the foremost global job board for careers in research, science and academia, jobs.ac.uk offers a selection of products and services to help you access, attract, and engage with a large audience of bright, talented candidates. In the last academic year alone, jobs.ac.uk logged 47 million page views.
Launched in 1998 by the University of Warwick, jobs.ac.uk serves the higher education sector with a powerful digital platform, which provides a global reach and enhances staff recruitment efforts.
We support every stage of the academic career path, helping to connect talented candidates to higher education opportunities. Through extensive research, we have developed insights into our jobseeker audience, trends, key drivers, career paths and jobseeker behaviour, to help you to improve the success of your online recruitment advertising.
Mercer’s Higher Education Group: Helping the university workforce thrive
University workforces are changing. From pensions to mental health to career paths, workers’ needs are evolving, and their employers need to evolve too.
There are myriad services, new approaches, investment strategies and benefits packages that universities might not have taken advantage of in the past. But what’s on offer is changing with the times as are the challenges and issues faced in the sector. We can support and help you to navigate these challenges, to look after your most important asset – your people – in a way that’s right for you and your university.
From considering pensions, financial education, engagement, wellbeing and attracting and retaining talent, our insight and experience is unrivalled:
- Manage employee benefits with ease and maximise engagement
- Improve the financial wellbeing of your staff and empower them to make better financial decisions
- Boost performance with a positive culture of health and wellbeing
- Secure the best talent with a compelling employment proposition
- Attract and retain the best talent with a more competitive benefits package
- Navigate a challenging pensions environment and achieve better outcomes for you and your people
- Improve your endowments investment strategy
Mills & Reeve
Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm and a top tier provider of legal services to the education sector in England and Wales, advising over 130 universities, colleges, national agencies, academies, educational businesses and charities. The firm has one of the largest teams of specialist education lawyers in the country with legal expertise in all areas in which universities need support including employment, pensions and immigration. The firm provides clients with expert lawyers who know the sector back to front and give practical, context-aware advice that they know works. The strength and depth of the team allows the firm to resource work at the most cost effective level for its clients. Mills & Reeve has supported UHR for over 18 years, running workshops and providing support and legal briefings to members across a variety of specialist subject areas, and is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s conference.
Mills & Reeve is the only law firm to feature in the UK 100 Best Companies to Work for list 19 years running. We also recently won the Legal Advisor – to education institutions award at the EducationInvestor Awards 2021.
We are an executive search firm specialising in Higher Education, but also active across other sectors. We advise on senior executive and non-executive appointments, and help fill permanent and interim posts. Our clients are located all over the world, and our pool of candidates is global.
Our services include headhunting, leadership assessment, governance review, cultural change projects and 360 degree reviews.
We bring a lean, flexible and highly personalised approach to our work. We are informal yet professional, and a dedication to honesty and integrity drives everything we do. We have developed a strong reputation for our commitment to diversity.
Grow your reputation as a science employer of choice internationally using our range of employer branding solutions. Nature Careers helps scientists around the world to develop their careers. Your institution can sponsor and advertise in our career guides, podcasts and webinars —as well post your vacancies on our science job board. For details, visit https://go.nature.com/3hQYQ8s.
Notion - STAR®
Your success is our mission - we help leaders, managers, academics and professionals acquire the critical skills needed to measurably increase engagement, retention, collaboration, innovation, performance and productivity. Our STAR® programmes are academically proven (by LSE) to deliver transformational behavioural change within 6 months and deliver an average learner ROI of 74 x your investment.
NTT DATA Business Solutions
NTT DATA Business Solutions is a Global SAP Partner with a strategic focus in Higher Education. We help universities deliver the very best experiences for their employees and offer unrivalled knowledge of the challenges facing the higher education sector. With over 12,000 SAP experts in 30 countries, we are there where and when our customers need us. That’s why people trust us. All over the world.
The SAP SuccessFactors Human Experience Management (HXM) Suite, packaged for the Higher Education sector, enables universities to transform the way HR interacts with the wider institution. With new digital HR capabilities that introduce HR efficiencies and improve the everyday experience of your people, the university will be able to attract, develop, motivate, manage and engage talent.
Discover more about SAP SuccessFactors for Higher Education
Natively built for the cloud, Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management is a complete solution connecting every human resource process from hire to retire. This provides a consistent experience across devices, enables one source of truth for HR data to improve decision-making, and empowers you with market-leading innovation to address your needs today and into the future. This is what we call work made human.
People Insight help organisations listen to their staff and turn this feedback into positive change. We make it easy to understand staff experiences through our Employee Engagement surveys, Diversity and Inclusion surveys, Wellbeing surveys, Pusle surveys, 360 programmes and HR consultancy projects. But delivering insights is just the start; our focus is on helping you generate action. We use the latest technology to provide you with data-driven insights that are easy to put into practice. And our experts ensure you can act with confidence and use these insights to make lasting change that achieves your People and organisational priorities. We have extensive experience working on staff listening programmes for the University sector and are able to provide robust sector benchmarks. Our friendly team would love to talk to you:
0203 142 6511
In these continuing challenging times for HR, we work with our HE clients to find solutions. Our group of specialists are always on hand to help navigate through Tomorrow’s World of Work. We provide practical sector-specific guidance on all matters employment related. We have expertise in the legal and cultural issues associated with Diversity & Inclusion, whistleblowing, industrial relations, pension and immigration matters. As we emerge from the pandemic we are guiding our HE clients on remote and hybrid working, global mobility, health and safety, mental health and other related issues.
We have one of the largest employment teams in the UK with lawyers throughout the UK including in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast. Our team comprises employment law specialists with significant levels of experience across the full range of employment law issues, from transformation projects including TUPE, redundancies, restructuring, outsourcing, changing terms and conditions and contract variation, to managing employee complaints and handling investigations, through to complex employment disputes and multi-million pound tribunal litigation.
Our employment lawyers adopt a multi-disciplinary and solution based approach. Our employment team sits within a 1,000 strong Human Resource Services practice covering reward, pensions, HR metrics, HR strategy, performance management, PAYE and international mobility. Our multidisciplinary approach means we look at issues through a wider lens, helping us to understand the wider issues affecting our clients and provide solutions across the whole spectrum of the employment relationship.
With a long-standing involvement in and commitment to the education sector, our team have extensive experience across all legal issues that affect education institutions, guiding and supporting our clients through challenges and opportunities.
We have particular expertise of advising in the HE sector on HR issues. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing organisations. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent and what’s coming around the corner.
Working with higher education institutions, our full-service team can advise on any legal issue that an institution may have. This includes regulatory and policy work, employment issues, student matters, governance and constitutional questions, partnerships and collaboration, disputes, large-scale capital projects, and estates master planning.
We are fully immersed in the education law sector, with a number of specialists working exclusively with our education clients. Combining the breadth of our expertise with the breadth of our client base, our team of specialist lawyers are in a position to advise clients every step of the way.
Simitive provides the data to support workforce planning and operational decision making whilst supporting evidence based approaches to continuous improvement.
Through the effective and efficient management and monitoring of workloads, focus on strategic and financially positive activities, combined with the engagement of people in both their own and the institutional development, Simitive provides a unique framework and toolset to support operational effectiveness and transformation.
Working with over 60 universities, Simitive is able to deploy over a decade of experience assisting institutions to meet operational and workforce challenges whilst simultaneously creating the information to support qualitative and quantitative assessment of progress and future plans.
Simitive only works with universities and all Simitive solutions have been developed with multiple universities to ensure that they meet the evolving needs and culture of the sector.
Society: Global Executive Search
Society: Global Executive Search is an executive search firm. From our offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand, we solve senior recruitment challenges for responsible businesses and purpose-driven organisations around the world. We believe that we can bring about positive change by placing exceptional people into meaningful roles within good organisations
Within the Higher Education sector, we have worked for universities on five continents across a mixture of academic and professional services appointments. A strong focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is central to our approach and we believe our results speak for themselves. In 2021, 57% of our appointments were female and 31% were from a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic background
SUMS Consulting is a specialist Higher Education management consultancy and a not-for-profit. We are passionate about the sector and proud of the pace, creativity and unrivalled expertise that we bring to our members and clients. Universities come to us for our independence, impartiality and our collaborative approach to working with members and clients.
Across the SUMS Group, we represent more than half the UK’s student and staff population by FTE including big research-intensive universities, as well modern and specialist providers. Delivering hundreds of assignments each year, our work is not limited to institutions within the UK; we also have an active portfolio of projects in the EU and in Asia.
Our consulting staff understand the Higher Education sector, its unique business model and the challenges it faces. At the same time, we offer a depth of experience and skills gained outside the sector from a variety of commercial, professional and industrial backgrounds. This combined expertise helps us connect strategy to operations to make sure our recommendations have impact and can be implemented successfully.
SUMS helps universities ensure they’re fit for the future.
The Guardian Jobs
Guardian Jobs connects progressive job seekers with like-minded organisations – building rewarding careers founded on shared values. Through their award-winning journalism and high-performing recruitment products, they help companies reach both active and passive job seekers.
Taking care of your financial future
Tilney’s financial planners and investment experts help people to achieve their financial goals and ambitions.
It looks after £56 billion* on behalf of its clients, who include solicitors, senior professionals, company executives and business owners along with families, charities and other private individuals.
Tilney’s experts understand that as an education professional, your personal finances are likely to be complicated and you may have very little time to dedicate to them. You face unique challenges when it comes to your pension and retirement planning, inheritance tax and estate planning and tax planning.
As an education professional, you’ll know the importance of talking to an expert. Just as you have the specialist academic knowledge to help your students, Tilney has the specialist financial planning and investment knowledge and expertise to help you.
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Speak to Tilney
Tilney believes in talking things through. Together.
Which is why Tilney is offering a free initial consultation. Just the chance to talk to an expert.
Contact one of our UK Universities team to arrange a phone or video appointment :
How Tilney can help you
Tilney does not have a ‘one size fits all’ approach – its service is personal to you. Some people require a comprehensive financial plan with ongoing management of their investments and regular meetings. Others need a one-off recommendation on a single topic. It can help with both and everything in between.
As you think about your personal wealth, you're likely to have a number of questions. Tilney’s advisers understand these queries and what considerations you need to make, such as:
- How much do I need for the retirement I want?
- Are my personal finances at the mercy of the markets?
- Are my investments set up correctly for the future?
- Am I as tax efficient as I could be?
- Is now the right time to start passing down wealth to my loved ones?
How can I financially prepare for life’s ‘what ifs’? For example, what would happen if I were unable to work for any length of time? Or how would my family cope financially when I die? A financial planner can work with you to review your finances and help prepare for life’s ‘what ifs’ through the use of cashflow modelling.
The value of an investment may go down as well as up, and you may get back less than you originally invested.
Issued by Tilney Financial Planning Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial services are also provided by other companies in the Tilney Smith & Williamson Group, further details of which are available here.
*Source: Tilney Smith & Williamson Limited, as at 30 September 2021
Twin Kingdom Consulting
Formed in 2018 by former Associate Director of HR David Jackson, Twin Kingdom Consulting delivers investigations, mediation, coaching and training to the Higher Education sector. Twin Kingdom’s unique offer builds on cutting edge technology including AI powered transcription, 24/7 online booking systems, digital signatures and encryption to deliver services that are faster, more precise and more affordable than traditional options. As experienced HR practitioners in the HE sector, we understand the importance of pace, precision and both professional and academic credibility in this unique environment. We look forward to exceeding your expectations.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Veredus is the Executive Search & Selection and Interim Management provider of choice for leaders who drive their organisations forward. For the positions that matter, and the niche roles that are hard to fill, we have the expertise and insight to find the right person, at the right time, for the right role. We consult and partner with our clients to help them positively impact their current and future workforce and to ensure that they attract and retain the best talent and make informed talent-related decisions.
We work with a diverse range of organisations across the Higher Education and wider skills sector to deliver innovative and practical solutions to the challenges they face. We help them deliver transformation with the student experience at its heart and we support organisations to embrace opportunities and manage the risks they face as they increasingly operate globally. We have conducted global searches for senior academic leadership posts and have appointed to senior professional services roles, often looking to attract talent from other sectors. We have also supported university governing bodies with appointments of independent lay members.
As an organisation, we are committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and respected and where our people can bring their different perspectives and whole selves to work. We therefore take our responsibility in helping our clients to ensure diversity of their workforce very seriously. Diversity and inclusion are key elements of our recruitment practice and processes, and we are proud to have been involved in many high-profile appointments of women and minority ethnic candidates.
Our insight products and expertise set us apart from other firms. We use real time research and high-quality data to assist organisations to better understand their marketplace, so they can make informed business plans and talent strategies. Our services are grounded in comprehensive market analysis, that is then verified with qualitative insight conversations with people within that market who can provide a picture of the landscape that our clients operate in.
From business psychology and assessment, through to coaching and supporting placements through their first 90 days, we help leaders understand their business and talent landscape, nurturing them with the tools and advice they need to succeed.
With extensive reach, we operate across a broad range of sectors and industries including education, central government, local government, healthcare, transport, infrastructure, manufacturing and engineering, energy and utilities, retail, technology and FMCG.
Vialto Partners is an industry leader with a 50-year track record of innovation and resilience in providing global people solutions to organizations and their employees. We provide tax, immigration and other global mobility support in 150 countries to more than 5,000 clients worldwide. With global scale and localized expertise, we take an adaptive approach to meet clients’ mobility needs, wherever they may be.
Vialto Partners combines the deep domain expertise and legacy of PwC with the agility, expertise and innovation of an independent company—sparking the next evolution of
VWV's dedicated team of higher education lawyers provides specialist legal support to universities nationally from our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham.
We are a leading adviser to the higher education sector and are recognised in the legal directories as being top ranked in education, with Legal 500 commenting that VWV "has an outstanding track record of excellence in the HE sector so is the "go to" firm for complex claims, particularly involving academic staff".
Our HE employment team is dedicated to providing specialised, tailored legal advice to suit the particular challenges and demands faced by higher education institutions in employment and HR related matters. We understand the environment in which HEIs operate and provide innovative, pragmatic solutions on everything from day-to-day queries to complex, sensitive, strategic issues, with a focus on helping clients understand and manage risk.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 50% of the Fortune 500.