Governance at the Plymouth University has come under the spotlight. A series of events, including the suspension of the then Vice Chancellor, Wendy Purcell; the resignation of the Pro Vice Chancellor; and allegations made against, and the subsequent resignation of, the then Chair of the governing body, all received considerable media attention.
In January 2015, it was reported that the Vice Chancellor had been made President of the University, and Professor Coslett confirmed as the interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive. The University is shortly to recruit a new Vice Chancellor.
Following a recommendation from HEFCE, in November 2014 the University commissioned the Good Governance Institute (GGI) to undertake a review of governance at the University. The work was completed in February 2015.
In their report GGI suggest the findings about the University’s governance are likely to be of wider interest to the higher education sector. Without discussing the role of individuals and their actions, the GGI report makes a number of observations, including:
Issues for governing bodies to consider:
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