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Self-Assessment Tool

An online learning resource

Now Available

How effective are your governors? The Self-Assessment Toolkit, an open-access online programme designed to assist your governors, in assessing their own continuing effectiveness as a higher education governor. 

This toolkit will enable governors, with the help of their chairs and/or their clerks/ secretaries, to identify and review their particular governance strengths, together with any areas they may want to concentrate on for future development.

To access the Self-Assessment Tool, please click on the below image and register your details.

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You will then be taken to the home page for the self-assessment tool where you will find instructions on how to use the site, details about the themes, governance resources and access to the self-assessment. If you experience any problems at all, please do contact

This free toolkit is a clear framework based on topics, skills and the understanding of university governance to help shape the governor development journey.

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