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Research conducted in the United States (US) offers some interesting insights into the concept of shared governance i.e. the term commonly used in the US to describe a system of governance, which has the governing body at its apex, but also distributes responsibilities to the institution's administration and its faculties.
The Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS) has published its latest analysis of full-time undergraduate applications made by the 24 March 2017 deadline. Compared to the same point in 2016, there has been a decrease of 4% in the total number of applications. Further, the analysis shows this change is not evenly spread between subject groups or institutions in the different tariff groups.
The House of Commons, Business, Energy and industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee has published a report on corporate governance. The report finds the general public have a worrying lack of trust in business and states it has been unable to find a credible link between remuneration and performance. It suggest there is need to update and strengthen the UK Corporate Governance Code, and to create a new Code for the largest private companies. On the composition of boards, it recommends further measures should be taken to increase diversity.
Andy Shenstone, the Leadership Foundation's director of consultancy and business development, confirmed to lead workshop on Governance at AHUA spring conference.
HEFCE has published its analysis of the 2015-16 financial results posted by those English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that it funds. Although, HEFCE judges the sector’s results to have been ‘financially sound’, it repeats previous concerns regarding financial sustainability. In particular, it notes the gap in financial performance between the best and worst performing institutions continues to grow, and draws attention to a number of concerns.