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GDP: Student as Governor

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Wednesday 20 September 2017, Woburn House Conference Centre, London More info

This is a one-day conference for newly appointed student governors. 

Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 17:15.

Application deadline:
Monday 18 September 2017
Fee:
£300.00 GDP Member Price
£375.00 GDP Non Member Price
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Student as Governor 450

Empowering student governors to make a major contribution to governing bodies benefits everyone. Student governors face the difficult task of balancing traditional responsibilities towards the student body with new responsibilities for corporate governance of the institution, at a time when universities and colleges are recognising a new contract with their students. 

Run in partnership with the National Union of Students, this conference is placed at the beginning of the academic year to prepare newly-appointed student governors for their first term as a member of the governing body. 

Aims and outcomes
By the end of the conference, student governors will explore:

  • The governing bodies expectations of the student governor
  • The structure of a governing body
  • The collective responsibility of governing bodies
  • Managing conflicts of interest
  • How to be an effective student governor

The conference will have a number of nationally-known keynote speakers but also provide an opportunity for participants to network with student governors from other institutions across the UK, and to subsequently use these contacts to share matters of concern and seek guidance. This conference also complements the acclaimed NUS summer training programme for student governors. 

09.30    Arrival and refreshments
              
Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Leadership Foundation

10.00    Welcome

10.10    Topical issues in the higher education sector 
 Graeme Wise, head of policy, University Alliance

11.00    How does governance work?
 
 A view from the university sector 

 Wendy Appleby, Registrar, University College London
 
 A view from the charity sector 
 
Craig Beeston, policy officer (Not-for-Profit), ICSA: The Governance Institute

11.45    Break

12.00    Understanding HE finance. What governors need to know?
             
 Andrew McGettigan, freelance higher education writer

12.30    Importance of the student voice on governing bodies 
 Amatey Doku, Vice President Higher Education, National Union of Students

12.45    Panel Discussion: Achieving change in your university 
             Amatey Doku and Sana Iqbal, student union president, University of Central Lancashire

13.10    Lunch

14.00    Rubber stamp or lethal weapon – Can student governors lead institutional change? 
 Jim Dickinson, chief executive, Students' Union at University of East Anglia

14.45    Table exercise
              
Aaron Porter

16.45    Presentation back from each group

17.15    Close

*The Leadership Foundation reserves the right to make changes to the programme at any time.

This event is for newly elected presidents of students’ union or guilds, other senior officers of unions who have recently been appointed student governors, and officers of unions or guilds who may in future become members of a governing body. It will also be valuable for continuing student members who face new, second-term challenges.

Aaron PorterAaron Porter
Associate Director Governance, Leadership Foundation


Aaron joined the Leadership Foundation in January 2014 offer his expertise on higher education governance. He is also a higher education consultant and a freelance journalist, having previously been president of the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2010 – 2011. He is also an associate for the LF and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), on the advisory network for the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and CFE research and consultancy alongside a number of other portfolio roles.

During his high profile term at the National Union of Students, he was the first NUS President to be invited as an observer to the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and to address the annual Universities UK Conference in September 2010. In addition he served as a non-executive director on the boards of UCAS, the HEA and Endsleigh Insurance. He also co-chaired the Beer/Porter Student Charter group which reported to Higher Education Minister David Willetts in January 2011, and was a member of the Hefce Online Learning Taskforce and the review of External Examiners chaired by Dame Janet Finch both conducted in 2010/11.

Previous to his term as NUS President, Aaron served two successful terms as NUS Vice-President (Higher Education), helping to build NUS’ reputation with the sector. He also served as a non-executive board member for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) and on the board of the European Students’ Union (ESU). He was also a member of the Burgess Implementation Steering Group and the National Student Survey Steering Group. In 2009, he was part of the UK delegation to the European higher education ministerial summit in Leuven, Belgium.

Graeme WiseGraeme Wise
Head of Policy, University Alliance

Graeme's background is in higher education policy, and has particular interest in the role universities play in their cities and regions. He was previously an Assistant Director at NUS, where he led engagement with the Browne Review and subsequent developments in the sector, and served on a wide variety of higher education sector commissions, working groups and task forces. In previous roles there he worked on public affairs in Scotland and within the political institutions of Greater London.He is a member of the Wonkhe editorial board, the advisory board of the HEFCE-ESRC funded Centre for Global Higher Education, and the HEDIIP programme board. He has degrees from Canterbury Christ Church University and Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is currently undertaking a doctorate in policy studies at the University of Bristol. He lives in Stratford, London.

Wendy Applyby 
Registrar and head of Student & Registry Services, University College London


Click here to learn more about Wendy.

Craig Beeston
Policy officer (Not-for-Profit), ICSA: The Governance Institute

Click here to learn more about Chris

Amatey Doku

Amatey Doku 
Vice president (Higher Education), National Union of Students 

 Amatey Doku is the current Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students. In that role he is also on the Board of Trustees for NUS and was appointed as Deputy President by the NUS President, Shakira Martin. Before taking up his position within NUS, Amatey had served for a year as the President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. In that role, he was a Trustee of the University of Cambridge, by virtue of his position, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Students’ Union. Amatey graduated in 2016 with a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specialising in Sociology. His dissertation, titled “Is Oxbridge Institutionally Racist?” focused on institutional racism across the HE sector using Cambridge as a major case study. He studied at Jesus College Cambridge and was heavily involved in student representation, elected first as the independent College Council student representative before being elected as President of the Jesus College Students’ Union, representing 800 students at the College. As Vice President for Higher Education, Amatey will be leading work on tackling institutional racism across the HE Sector, taking a lead on the NUS’s Brexit strategy and working closely to embed student representation alongside the implementation of the HE reforms. 

Watch Amatey's election speech


Sana IqbalSana Iqbal
Student president, University of Central Lancashire 


Sana studied Pharmacy at University of Central Lancashire. She decided to run for President because she wanted to make a difference, inspire others to make change and improve student experience. Her focus will be on the increasing number of students who commute to University and she hopes to work with the University Masterplan team to create spaces that meet the needs of UCLan's diverse range of students.


Jim DJim Dickinson
Chief executive, Students' Union at University of East Anglia (UEA)

Jim Dickinson FRSA is the Chief Executive at the Students' Union at UEA in Norwich. As such he acts as the Chief of Staff on behalf of the elected student officers of the union, providing strategic leadership and direction for the union's charitable and commercial vehicles. Jim is former long standing Director at the National Union of Students, where he led on Students' Union Development, Campaigns and Political Strategy, Student Engagement and Governance. Jim has served as a Governor in both further and higher education and the voluntary sector, and is a regular contributor to the Leadership Foundation's Governor Development Programme. He edits changesu.org, a website for Senior Managers in Students' Unions and is a regular contributor on student issues to WonkHE, the home of higher education wonks. He's also an obsessive fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Watch Jim’s Stimulating Talk on the ‘Ten Sacred Cows:
Why leaders need to challenge conventional wisdom’

 

If you are a student governor and would like to book your place, please get in touch with your Governance team to book your place. 

If you would like to attend this event 
or book a place for someone else please book online via the orange button. You'll be asked to log into MyLF using your MyLF identity. Once you're logged in MyLF will allow you to book yourself or select other delegates via a simple search option or add new delegates as required.

If you need any assistance with MyLF please contact Susie Norton, Marketing and Communications Manager. 

If you have any other queries contact the Governance Team T: 020 3468 4836


Venue
Woburn House Conference Centre
20-24 Tavistock Square
Kings Cross
London WC1H 9HU

Nearest underground stations:

  • Euston: 5 mins walk- served by Victoria and Northern line, London Overground; National Rail
  • Euston Square: 7 mins walk- served by Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan line
  • King's Cross St. Pancras: 14 mins walk- served by Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Line; National Rail
  • Russell Square: 7 mins walk- served by Piccadilly line

To find out more about how to get to the venue, please click here

Fees
The event fees include all costs associated with:

  • Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
  • Materials
  • External speakers

 

“Great forum which really boosted my confidence. I can't wait for my next Board of Governors meet now!”

"Stimulating and thought provoking, and I learned lessons that I plan to apply to my role this coming year"

“It was a conference that provided me with the reassurance that my opinion is just as valid as anyone else's, and has made me embrace the discomfort I feel when raising certain issues. We have been elected to feel uncomfortable for a year, and as long as we continually remember that the discomfort we feel when asking difficult questions means we are doing our job, then we will be safe in the knowledge we are doing exactly what we were elected to do - representing students”

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    3. Operating context
    4. Academic Governance
      1. Enablers
      2. Case Studies
        1. Arts University Bournemouth
        2. City University
        3. King's College London
        4. University of Leicester
        5. University of Salford
        6. University of the West of England
        7. Queen's University Belfast
        8. Ulster University
        9. Cardiff University
        10. University of South Wales
        11. University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids
        12. Mid-Kent College
        13. Newcastle College Group
        14. Belfast Metropolitan College
        15. Grwp NPTC
      3. New Governors
        1. New Governors - Key Terms
        2. New Governors - Key Organisations
        3. New Governors - Quality, Standards & Enhancements
        4. New Governors - Academic Assurance
        5. New Governors - Other Key Terms
      4. Practical Advice
      5. Have your say
    5. Resource bank
      1. Features
      2. Governance News
      3. Previous news alerts
        1. Alternative providers and student debt in the US: could it happen in the UK?
        2. Is institutional autonomy under threat?
        3. Managing the board
        4. OECD Report suggests some higher education students lack basic skills
        5. Five issues for HEI governing bodies
        6. Whistleblowing and gagging clauses
        7. The failure of HBOS
        8. Financial forecasts for English HEIs
        9. Governance changes proposed in the HE Green paper
        10. FEHE SORP 2015 Donations & Endowments
        11. Board diversity - the Davis Review
        12. Information systems and cyber security
        13. Does a change in leadership lead to a change in strategy?
        14. FIFA and corporate governance
        15. Volkswagen
        16. Sustainability
        17. Review of governance at Plymouth University
        18. Equality and diversity and governing bodies
        19. A Changing Agenda
        20. Role and effectiveness of audit committees
        21. Governance of Scottish Higher Education Institutions: Consulative Paper on HE Bill
        22. Governance issues at Tesco
        23. Student visas
        24. Governance at the Co-op
        25. HE funding - IFS report
        26. Removal of student number control
        27. Governance issues in the private sector
        28. Governance at the BBC
        29. Reforms to how higher education in England is regulated
        30. HBOS & London Met: case studies in governance
        31. New IPPR report on HE
        32. Moocs are coming
        33. Increasing diversity
        34. Kids Company
          1. The collapse of Kids Company
          2. NAO Investigation into Kids Company
          3. The need for good governance
      4. Getting-to-grips
      5. Useful websites
      6. Codes of governance
        1. CUC Code of Governance
        2. UK Corporate Governance Code
      7. New research on governance in higher education
      8. Book reviews
      9. HE facts
      10. Illustrative Practice Notes
      11. Roundtable notes
    6. Governance Briefing Notes
      1. 25. The factors that influence whether governance is effective?
      2. 24. Benefits and impact
      3. 23. Competitive pressures
      4. 22. Corporate ethics and values
      5. 21. Personal ethics and values
      6. 20. Legal requirements and regulation
      7. 19. Estates
      8. 18. Finance
      9. 17. Employment
      10. 16. Remuneration
      11. 15. Nominations committee
      12. 14. Audit committee
      13. 13. The governance system and assessing effectiveness
      14. 12. Size, composition and skills available to the governing body
      15. 11. Monitoring performance
      16. 10. Strategic plan
      17. 09. Students
      18. 08. Risk management
      19. 07. International students and collaborations
      20. 06. Commercial operations
      21. 05. Regulations and compliance
      22. 04. Academic governance and quality
      23. 03. The workings of a governing body
      24. 02. Governance and management
      25. 01. Becoming a governor
    7. Governor Dialogues
    8. Equality and Diversity Toolkit
      1. Overview
      2. Overseeing compliance
        1. The Equality Act 2010
        2. Governance Codes
        3. Overseeing E&D
        4. Reports Governors might use
        5. Case study: Bath
        6. Championing E&D
        7. Case study: ManMet
        8. Case study: Cardiff
      3. Competitive Advantage
        1. Competing in a global market
        2. Improving staff diversity
        3. Case study: Exeter
      4. Issues and Challenges
        1. Student inequalities
        2. Staff inequalities
        3. Assessing specific E&D issues
      5. Value
        1. Increasing focus
        2. Gender diversity data
        3. Improving diversity
        4. Case study 1: UWS
        5. Case study 2: UWS
      6. Questions and Resources
        1. Resources
    9. Self-Assessment Tool
    10. Governing Body Effectiveness
    11. Governance 2020 Survey
  6. International
    1. International Engagement
    2. International Reference Group
    3. International Case Studies
  7. Membership
    1. Membership benefits and services
      1. Membership logos
        1. Download the membership logos
    2. How to join
    3. National and regional contacts
      1. Abbie McKenna
      2. Cindy Vallance
      3. Gary Reed
      4. Jean Chandler
      5. Judy Harris
      6. Lesly Huxley
      7. Meriel Box
      8. Rebecca Bull
    4. Membership advisory group
    5. Membership development support
    6. Management Development Resources
      1. Download MDR1: Managing Effective Performance
      2. Download MDR2: Managing Change in HE
      3. Download MDR3: Emotional Intelligence, Personal Impact and Personal Effectiveness
      4. Download MDR4: Lean Management: Doing more with less
      5. Download MDR5: The Current HE Context: Drivers for change
      6. Download MDR6: Commercial Skills for Academics and Researchers
      7. MDR7: Caught in the Middle
        1. MDR7 Contents
        2. Download MDR7: Caught in the Middle
      8. Download MDR8: Working with Academic Motivation and Prestige
    7. Knowledge Bank
    8. Membership community
      1. Members' Directory
    9. MASHEIN
      1. MASHEIN Members
    10. Ten great reasons to be a Leadership Foundation member
      1. #10GreatReasons1
      2. #10GreatReasons2
      3. #10GreatReasons3
      4. #10GreatReasons4
      5. #10GreatReasons5
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  8. News
    1. Twitter
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