Staff and Student Governors



The powers of the Corporation are specified in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, Sections 18 and 19 as amended by the Learning & Skills Act 2000. In summary the Corporation is empowered to:

  • Provide further and higher education
  • Supply goods or services in connection with the provision of education
  • Conduct an educational College
  • Provide the necessary facilities to support its principal powers
  • Acquire and dispose of land and property, enter into employment and other contracts, borrow (with the Learning and Skills Council approval) and invest money.


Collectively, individual Governors contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the Corporation (and through its committees and working parties) 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.
  • Approve the qualify strategy of the College.
  • Make effective and efficient use of resources; safeguard the solvency of the College and the Corporation and their assets.
  • Approve the annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • Be responsible for the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of the service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk to the Corporation.
  • Set a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.
  • Comply with the Instruments and Articles of Government, the Corporation's Standing Orders, the Financial Memorandum and Code of Conduct and any other related Governance Policies and Procedures.
  • Serve on appropriate Corporation committees, namely, Audit, Search and Governance, Finance and Resources, Remuneration and Curriculum and Standards or any other committee or working party as required by the Corporation.
  • Contribute to the business of the Corporation in an effective, efficient, open and transparent manner.
  • Assist in the formulation and monitoring of the College's strategic/development plan, financial forecasts and budgets and capital programmes, all of which will provide the essential framework for the internal management of the College.
  • Attend appropriate governor training and induction and other events as required.
  • Set measurable targets for the Corporation/College.
  • To act in the best interests of the College at all times.

All governors are subject to enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosure.


Approximately 1 day per month average over the year



Interpersonal skills and team work

  • A commitment to act as an advocate for the College and to act in the best interests of the College at all times.
  • A commitment to working with integrity, openness and honesty.
  • Ability to work positively with others and debate whilst being constructive.



Communication Skills


Ability to express ideas/plans in a clear manner and to listen actively to other views. To be able to communicate effectively.


Planning and organisation

Ability to establish an effective course of action for self and others to achieve goals that can be monitored by realistic performance targets.


Strategic perspective

Ability to develop a broad-based view of issues and events and their long-term impact.


Intellectual and technical ability

Ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of facts and rationalize appropriately. Be able to think laterally and arrive at a pragmatic solution.



Ability to demonstrate behaviour and skills that motivate others to achieve and inspire confidence in others to achieve objectives.



Will possess the necessary experience required to fill the position. (Vacancies may require particular skills).
Experience of contributing to committees.


Equality & Diversity

Commitment to equality and diversity.



Availability to attend scheduled meetings of the Board and standing Committees. An annual schedule of meetings is agreed each May for the forthcoming academic year.



A real interest in and enthusiasm for the further education sector.


Other Roles/Links

Other roles or links with other organisations which would bring a wider perspective of local developments and/or national economic and social change.


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