Governance Themes

The areas and topics highlighted offer a snapshot of just some of the demands facing board members. These are explored further in the Leadership Foundation Governors' Briefing Notes together with the publication Getting to Grips with Being a New Governor.

Challenges in Higher Education

  • Higher Education funding and risks
  • Changing governent policy
  • Shifts in regulation
  • Competition
  • Smaller boards - intense commitment

Role Expectations

  • Preparation and attendance at meetings plus...
  • Commitment to learning 'on the job'
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of your university
  • Being a critical friend

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Constitutional obligations and governance codes
  • Funding council expectations
  • Legal and charitable duties
  • Adherance to the Nolan rules
  • Avoidance of conflicts of interest

Developing Competencies and Skills

  • Taking a holistic view
  • Challenging the vice-chancellor or executive view
  • Building on an existing or specialist experience
  • Being an articulate communicator
  • Assimilating complex information