The section of the website entitled 'Governors' offers an introduction to individual webpages providing an overview, briefing notes and additional resources on the following topics:
Governing bodies are formed of external ('lay') and internal (individuals who are employed by the institutions or connected to its student body) members. A new governor may therefore be largely unfamilar with the institution they are joining, or strongly connected.
The briefing note - Becoming a governor - discusses what are the responsibilities of a governor and the likely time committment.
All new governors face new challenges when joining a governing body. These may be about understanding higher educaton as a business, the specific challenges faced by the institution they are joining or how the system of governance works in higher education. Depending on their background and expertise, new governors may face a steep learning curve when they first join a governing body.
Additional resources are provided on the principles that should inform the process of making new appointments to a governing body.
What is understood by the term governance in the context of higher education? Is higher education governance the same as in other sectors, or are there differences? Two key aspects of this qustion are examined:
- what is the distinction between governance and management, including, typically, what is a governing body responsible for?
- the workings of a typical governing body, includng the respective roles of the chair, head of insittution and clerk.
The responibiliites of governors in terms of specific aspects or activities of the institution are examined. A range of topics are reviewed, including academic governance and quality, regulation and compliance, commerical operations, international students, risk management, students, strategic plans and monitoring performance.
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