Staff are the key asset of a higher education institution, but also its largest recurrent cost. The effective and efficient management of human resources is central to the organisation's success, and an aspect of the organisation requiring the close attention of managers and governors.
The governing body responsibilities include:
Further information on matters relating to employment is set out in Governors' briefing note No. 17: Employment.
The Getting to Grips with Human Resources Management (HRM) provides an introduction to the role and responsibilities of governing bodies in relation to human resources.
Some of the main issues typicallly faced by governing bodies when it comes to human resource management are highlighted in the following presentation.
Universities UK in conjunction with other HE representative bodies has published 'Appointing heads of higher education institutions: a resource for governors'.
Two of the series of governor dialogues - No 2 (Denis Burn, Bristol) and No 7 (Bridget Towie, Leicester) - discuss the processes used to appoint a new vice chancellor in their respective institutions.
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