Ambitious Futures is the sector's graduate trainee scheme for future leaders which was established in 2012 by the AHUA. The management of the scheme was put out to tender in 2015 and the contract awarded to the University of Nottingham.
The scheme recruits high quality graduates who are within five years of graduation with a 2:1 degree or better. The trainees complete three placements of six months each, the middle one of which is at a different partner institution. They also follow a programme of professional development, attend a residential induction and a number of one day workshops, participate in group coaching, have mentor support and attend the annual AUA residential conference.
AHUA members who have participated in the scheme as employers see it as an important step in not only attracting high quality staff into their own institutions, but also into the sector as a whole. As Richard Calvert, Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Hallam University, recently remarked:
"I'd argue that we do have a shared interest in bringing top quality talent into the sector, rather than just into our own institutions. That's because it's an investment in our collective talent pool for the future, from which I think we can all benefit. But for me, it's also about the sector recognising that it needs to step up its game in a world where the way we run ourselves hasn't been universally admired over recent years".
If you would like to know more, please contact: Sally Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Ambitious Futures.