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What is HESPA?

The Higher Education Strategic Planners Association is the representative body for those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education.

Our Strategic Objectives

  • To provide an active forum for strategic planners in higher education to network, discuss, improve and influence
  • To be the primary organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development and career progression of those working in strategy and planning in UK higher education
  • To represent a compelling and unified voice for members, while recognising their contrasting needs and ideas
  • To influence and shape the future of higher education by challenging policy and promoting awareness and understanding of strategy and planning issues locally, nationally and internationally
  • To establish new and improved ways of engaging internal and external stakeholders to benefit strategic planners, their wider connections and the sector overall
  • To continually learn and seek out new knowledge and understanding, including that of operational best practice, to expand and improve that of our members

To find out more about more about what HESPA does or how to become a member, please contact the HESPA office on 01509 228851 or by email: info@hespa.ac.uk

You can download the HESPA Annual Review 2018 below:


You can download previous Annual Reviews here.


HESPA is a special interest organisation of the company Professional HE Services (PHES). Its partner associations are AUDE, BUFDG, CHEIA and UHR.


Other sector associations

We work with other sector associations as much as possible to reduce duplication and to drive collaboration and healthy cross-departmental working. Here is a list of all the associations we are aware of in HE. If you know of any others, please get in touch.

There are also lots of acronyms in the sector, so we have compiled a useful list.




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