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Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA)

Known formerly as the National Planners Group (NPG), the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) became a sub-organisation of Professional HE Services (PHES) Ltd in 2013, alongside the British Universites Finance Directors Group (BUFDG).

Membership is by institution, and staff of subscribing institutions can take advantage of the many and varied benefits of HESPA membership, including:

  • Access to the annual conference at reasonable rates.

  • Access to training events, workshops and seminars.

  • Website, discussion board, blogs.

  • Advocacy with HE funders, policy makers, delivery organisations.

  • Opportunity for career development through membership of national networks.

Our Aims

The primary aims of HESPA are to:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of HE planning issues

  • Provide a forum for those with an interest in HE planning issues to network and discuss areas of shared interest

  • Provide a focus for planning input to statutory bodies, other organisations and sources of expertise within the sector

  • Develop, run and contribute to appropriate workshops, seminars, and conference sessions relevant to planning issues

  • Contribute to the professional development of planners by organising an annual HESPA Conference

  • Link with planning and associated communities within HE internationally, supporting the development of best practice within the UK planning community


To visit the HESPA website, please click here

Our event Cancellation Policy can be found here.