Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
Responsibilities of the Governing Body
According to the 2008 Articles of Government, under Article 3, the Corporation shall be responsible for the following functions -
- the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and for the oversight of its activities;
- publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
- approving the quality strategy of the institution;
- the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and safeguarding their assets;
- approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
- the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Governance Professional, including, where the Governance Professional is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Governance Professional’s appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff; and
- setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.
The 2012 Revised Schedule 4
Under the 2012 Revised Schedule 4, the Corporation is responsible for:
- the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution
- the oversight of the College’s activities
- publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination of the college’s educational character and mission and oversight of its activities
- the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the Corporation and safeguarding their assets
The Instrument and Articles are set out as an appendices to the Further & Higher Education Act 1992 Schedule 4
Role of the Governing Body
‘The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance’ – The Governance Handbook – January 2017
The core functions of the Governing Body, are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The role of the Governing Body therefore, is:
- To provide a strategic view;
- Be a critical friend;
- Ensure accountability.
The governing body has a responsibility for the financial health of the college and needs to take a long-term view. This is in contrast to the priorities of some stakeholders, not all of whom will be aligned with the pursuit of success over the long-term. The governing body will need to manage the conflict between short-term interests and the long-term impacts of its decisions and must assess stakeholder interests from the perspective of the long-term sustainable success of the organisation.
An important part of ensuring effective governance, is to set out the differences between the roles of the governing body and management. For further understanding, download our article on the difference between the role of the governing body (strategic) and management (operational).