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We are a successful further education college with a very strong reputation. Each year we deliver education and training to over 3,000 students and are recognised as the leading vocational training provider in the area. Our annual turnover exceeds £12m and we employ over 500 staff. This makes the College one of the largest employers in this area and enables it to exert considerable influence in the local economy.
Our College is in excellent financial health, our success rates are very good and, importantly, our experience in vocational skills, extensive employer links and exceptional Real Work Environments will enable Lancaster & Morecambe College to flourish as skills development takes centre stage.
As a public sector body, we are continually adapting to changing circumstances brought about by shifts in government strategy and policy. However, whatever challenges lie ahead, we can face our future with confidence.
The work of College Governors in driving up quality, achievement and participation is central to the success of the College. Your role as a Governor would be to help in setting the strategic direction of the College and monitoring its achievement. We are specifically looking to appoint people who can make a substantial contribution to the Corporation Board.
The Corporation Board needs Governors who can bring a variety of skills, experience and knowledge to the College in continuing our strive for excellence. Besides Governors, we also need people who are willing to act as specialist advisers to the Corporation by serving as a co-opted member of one of the Committees.
Governors at Lancaster & Morecambe College give a time commitment of at least six Corporation meetings a year and serve on at least one Committee (which demands another three to four meetings a year): this equates to approximately four hours per month.
No formal qualification is necessary to be a Governor; just an enthusiasm to work in a voluntary capacity alongside other Corporation members, helping to ensure that the College continues to meet the needs of the community it serves.
Training, including induction and full support is available to all Governors, but in return, you will also gain enhanced personal development and skills, which could be of real benefit in your future career aspirations.
The role of College Governor is a voluntary position and is unpaid, although reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings are reimbursed (including costs of childcare if required).
If you feel that you could contribute to the College's continuing success, we would like to hear from you. The College is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The powers of the Corporation are specified in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, amended by the 2011 Act. In summary, the Corporation is empowered to:
Collectively, individual Governors contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the Corporation and its committees in a non-executive role. A Governor is required to be as flexible as possible in the conduct of their responsibilities and duties, ensuring that the balance of oversight of the College and its business is seen as a positive contribution that does not interfere with the day-to-day management of the College. The primary duties of a Governor are to:
Determine and periodically review the educational character and mission of the College and to oversee its activities and to publish arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on these matters.
Make effective and efficient use of resources; safeguard the solvency of the College and the Corporation and to safeguard its assets.
Determine and monitor the College’s strategic plan, and approve the quality strategy and improvement plans, financial forecasts, budgets and capital programmes, all of which will provide the essential framework for the internal management of the College.
Approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure.
Approve the policy and charging of tuition and other fees payable to the College, including remission fee policies (subject to any terms and conditions attached to grants, loans or other payments paid or made by an agency).
Be responsible for the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of the service of the holders of senior posts (including where the Governance Adviser & Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Governance Adviser & Clerk’s appointment, grading, suspensions, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity as a member of staff).
Set a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.
Comply with the Instrument and Articles of Government, the Corporation’s Standing Orders, the Financial Memorandum and Code of Conduct and any other related Governance Policies and Procedures.
Contribute to the business of the Corporation in an effective, efficient, open and transparent manner.
Serve on appropriate Corporation committees, namely, Audit, Remuneration or Search or any other committee or working party as required by the Corporation.
Set measurable targets for the College.
Act in line with the seven principles of public life; selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
Identify your own skills, ideas, experience and knowledge and work out how to transfer them to an educational setting.
Recognise your own ignorance about the changes in education and develop new skills and knowledge to keep up-to-date.
Take an active interest in the work of the College.
Respect the authority, roles and structures of the governing body and the College, and the rules on confidentiality.
Ensure you have sufficient information and advice to make the best decisions possible.
Balance and make use of different viewpoints when making sense of a situation.
Where there is insufficient information, or it is conflicting or unclear, ensure that you take effective action to deal with it.
Work effectively with other Governors to take decisions through analysing risks, assessing options and being aware of the consequences.
Accept corporate responsibility for decisions taken by the Corporation, even when you do not agree with them.
The role of the Chair in leading the work of the Governing Body.
The role of the Governance Adviser & Clerk in supporting the work of the Governing Body.
The role of the Principal in managing the day-to-day operations of the College.
The rules of procedure for meetings.
The role of committees and what business is delegated to them.
The Code of Conduct for Governors.
All governors are subject to enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosure.
Approximately 1-2 days per month average, over the year