Resources: Board Engagement

Roles of governance
A look at the roles of governance, including the relationships between the chair of the governing body, vice-chancellor or principal and clerk or secretary. Different categories of membership of a governing body and the appointment/election of members are also discussed.
Responsibilities of governance
A look at the responsibilities of governance, and how it explores matters relating to, for example, accountability, decision-making and 'what can go wrong'.
Strategy and Measuring Performance
A look at how governors need to consider and approve the institution's strategic plan, which sets the academic aims and objectives of the institution and identifies the financial, physical and staffing strategies to achieve these objectives.
Managing Good Governance in Higher Education
A publication by Michael Shattock looking at good governance and best practice in higher education
Report of the Review of Higher Education Governance Scotland
In June 2011 the Scottish Government established the panel to review higher education governance in Scotland. The task given to the panel was to produce an independent report and to make recommendations for reform. Chaired by Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski
University governance: questions for a new era, Higher Education Policy Institute, by Malcolm Gillies (2011)
This report considers the question of university governance and suggests that fundamental changes are needed because the balance of interests in our universities is rapidly changing.
University Governance, Leadership and Management in a Decade of Diversification and Uncertainty, Higher Education Quarterly, A publication by Michael Shattock (2013)
The article identifies a rise in ‘the executive’ at the expense of the traditional components of university governance, governing bodies, senates, academic boards and faculty boards, and a growing tendency to push academic participation to the periphery. It describes the dangers implicit in such developments and suggests that they may lead to a loss in academic vitality and distinctiveness.


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