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Gordon McKenzie

Chief Executive
Guild HE (Confirmed)

As CEO, Gordon is responsible for leading and developing GuildHE as a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector. Gordon advises the Chair, Executive and Council Members on developing and implementing GuildHE policies and strategy and leads on communicating with government and other stakeholders on higher education issues. In his spare time, Gordon likes cooking, wine, theatre, box sets and playing (beginner’s) guitar.

  • Discussing opportunities and challenges for universities after Brexit, with 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities coming from EU countries
  • Understanding the decline in EU applicants and older applicants from the UK, respectively 7% and 5% in 2017
  • Outlining policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit, from international student recruitment to funding and graduates career and employability
  • Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK
  • Understanding how the reformed post-Brexit immigration system will look like and what this will mean for HEIs
  • Explaining the role of universities and how they can develop innovation with UK businesses abroad by sharing an understanding of the partner countries and their markets