Governance and networks
One of the main aims and key benefits of Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) is connecting staff from across its 13 member institutions.
Go Higher West Yorkshire is governed by a Board comprising senior representation from each of the 13 members. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the partnership, and oversees project activities and performance.
Access & Participation Strategy Group members
The APSG brings together senior and strategic representatives in admissions, widening participation, outreach and student success from each of the HE provider members. It supports students from underrepresented groups to be able to make informed choices about their own future. It also supports staff across the consortium with learning, research and good practice in how to ensure students from a diverse range of backgrounds can stay on course and succeed in HE.
Go Higher Skills Group
The Access and Participation Strategy Group (APSG) and Go Higher Skills Group (GHSG) act as the interface between the Board and the wider partnership. They oversee operational activity and are responsible for the implementation of the strategy.
The GHSG brings together senior and strategic representatives in apprenticeships, work-based learning, skills, careers, employability and enterprise from each of the HE provider members. It works with employers, champions best practice and collaborates to support and empower people from underrepresented groups to gain higher level skills, progress into or within employment, develop their understanding of alternative HE options, and increase progression into graduate-level destinations.
Member institutions can choose to become involved in our Decolonising the Curriculum Network or four additional under-represented group networks.
Decolonising the Curriculum
The Decolonising the Curriculum Network looks at a specific issue that is related to access and success, bringing together staff who are working towards similar goals around decolonising their area of work. Members include academics across a variety of disciplines and staff from institutional services such as access and participation, libraries and student support.
It provides a supportive and understanding environment for participants to share information and resources. Its first output was a collaborative keynote speech at Leeds Trinity University’s Race, Equity and Social Justice Conference on 24 March 2022.
The Network meets twice a year, with interim ad hoc meetings as required. Its Chair is Steve Gleadall (University of Leeds).
Under-represented group networks
The following four networks arose from a larger strand of work and co-exist alongside each other. They investigate activities and approaches that we hope to use to develop an overarching framework for working with students across a broad range of under-represented groups. In addition to sharing and transferring good practice, each network is working towards one or more outputs.
GHWY representatives on the groups include those from both the core team and Uni Connect team.
To support our focus on local collaboration, our networks are open to staff across GHWY’s 13 member institutions. If you work at one of these institutions and are interested in finding out who your institutional representative is, or in joining any of the Networks, please contact Tahera Mayat, GHWY’s Collaborative Outreach Officer at T.Mayat@leeds.ac.uk.