Role of a Student Governors
Role of a Student Governor
The Instrument & Articles of Government as taking effect from 1st January 2008, state in regard to the composition of the Board:
- At least two and not more than three members who are students at the institution and have been nominated and elected by their fellow students, or if the Corporation so decides, by a recognised association representing such students (“student members”).
- A person who is not for the time being enrolled as a student at the institution, shall nevertheless be treated as a student during any period of authorised absence from the institution for study, travel or for carrying out the duties of any office held by that person in the institution’s students’ union.
However, under the Revised Schedule 4 in 2012 which brought about the ability for colleges to amend elements of their I&As, the following now apply:
- a minimum of one student member
- there is no longer a maximum number of student members
- it is up to the Corporation how they arrange for student members to be appointed
Terms of Office
The Term of Office is stated in the Instrument as follows:
10(4) A student member shall cease to hold office-
(a) at the end of the student’s final academic year, or at such other time in the year after
ceasing to be a student as the Corporation may decide; or
(b) if expelled from the institution, and the office shall then be vacant.
It is important to remember, that a student governor is not on the Board to represent the student body, but rather to make a contribution from a student point of view. The Instrument clearly states. ‘Every member shall act in the best interests of the Corporation and shall not be bound to speak or vote by mandates given by any other body or person’.
Unloc - supporting, training, and raising the profile of and empower student governors in the UK
Working in partnership with the Association of Colleges and with funding support from the Blagrave Trust, Unloc aims to support, train, raise the profile of and empower student governors in the UK to be effective young changemakers and policy influencers. The National Student Governor Training Programme seeks to address the various needs of Student Governors from across the UK but also celebrate the work that they do in their colleges and local communities.