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The Governing Body (known formally as the Corporation) of Bath College is composed of 14 Members with a broad range of skills and experience, advised by an independent Clerk.
The Governing Body meets regularly (generally ten meetings in each College year) to consider the strategic direction of the College, to undertake systematic monitoring of College and management performance, and to receive and act on compliance reports.
Meetings of the Governing Body are planned and well-attended by enthusiastic and committed Governors.
Members have informal contact with College life through visits to curriculum areas, attendance at prize giving and awards events, exhibitions and shows.
Governing Body Members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own work as governors and conduct a self-evaluation of their performance.
Why should you join?
The Corporation of Bath College provides a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
By joining the Corporation you can make a real difference to the learning experiences and opportunities for the community. You can impact directly on the development of the current and future skills required by local employers and local industry.
Who is on the Corporation?
Enthusiastic and dedicated members of the community from all walks of life: business, community, public sector, staff and students.
How does the Corporation work?
Governors work as a team to take the College forward, providing supportive challenge to the College management.
Governors normally attend around 10 early evening meetings a year. Meetings are usually on Mondays at 4.45pm.
The Search and Governance Task Group considers potential Corporation members before they are proposed to the Corporation. We invite new members to an induction session to find out more.
Please contact Heather Cross, Clerk to the Corporation (01225 328735) for an information pack or to discuss informally how you could contribute to this dynamic and vibrant organisation.
The aim of this section is to explain Bath College’s approach to college governance and to describe the work of the Governing Body. The Governing Body (known formally as the Corporation) of Bath College is composed of 15 Members with a broad range of skills and experience, advised by an independent Clerk. The Governing Body meets regularly (generally ten meetings in each College year) to consider the strategic direction of the College, to undertake systematic monitoring of College and management performance, and to receive and act on compliance reports. Meetings of the Governing Body are planned and well-attended by enthusiastic and committed Governors. Members have informal contact with College life through visits to curriculum areas, attendance at prize giving and awards events, exhibitions and shows. Governing Body Members have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own work as governors and conduct a self-evaluation of their performance.
What Does the Corporation Do?
Under the Articles of Government which govern its operation and functions, the Governing Body ie. the Corporation, is responsible for:
- the determination and review of the educational character and mission of the institution and for the oversight of its activities;
- the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
- approving the annual estimates of income and expenditure;
- approving the Improvement Strategy;
- the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of senior postholders and the Clerk to the Corporation;
- setting the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff;
The Second Report of the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life recommends that college governing body act within seven principles of public life:
- Selflessness – taking decisions solely in terms of the public interest
- Integrity – acting without obligation or influence to outside individuals or organisations
- Objectivity – taking decisions on merit
- Accountability – being accountable for decisions and subsequent public scrutiny
- Openness – being as open as possible and giving reasons for decisions
- Honesty – declaring private interests and avoiding conflicts of interest
- Leadership – promoting and supporting principles by leadership and example
The Governing Body has incorporated these principles in its Members’ Code of Conduct. All Members are required to complete a Register of Interests. This Register may be referred to by arrangement with the Clerk to the Corporation.
The Corporation’s work is designed to:
- make sure the college thrives as an organisation whilst maintaining prudent control of its funds and assets;
- ensure that student success is as good as it can be;
- set the strategy of the college whilst also monitoring shorter term goals and plans;
- help the college respond to local requirements within the context of regional and national needs.
The overall membership of the Governing Body currently is 14.
Membership is composed as follows:
External Governors x 11
Staff Members x 1
Student Members x 1
Chief Executive x 1
Membership is voluntary and unpaid. The term for governors is 4 years, apart from staff or students if their time at the college ends before this time is up.
The minutes of meetings of the Governing Body (other than items designated as ‘confidential’ – which are kept to a minimum) are available, when approved, from the Clerk to the Corporation, and are placed on the college website. Attendance by Members at meetings is recorded and monitored. An annual schedule of all Governing Body and committee meetings is produced.
The Governing Body has the following committees:
- Audit Committee
- Senior Staff Employment Committee
New Members of the Governing Body
The Search and Governance Task Group of the Governing Body assists with the identification and recommendation of new Members of the Governing Body.The selection of new Members by the Search and Governance Task Group is undertaken under a policy of seeking to match the Governing Body’s needs (in terms of skills, expertise, community knowledge, personal skills) with expressed individual interest or nomination (where this is provided for in the Instrument of Government).
Anyone wishing to be considered to be a new Member of the Governing Body should contact the Clerk to the Corporation in the first instance.
New Members of the Governing Body participate in a formal induction programme and are issued with a College Induction Pack.
The Chair/Vice Chair of the Corporation
The position of Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body is determined at the last meeting of the Governing Body in the preceding College year.The current Chair of the Corporation is Carole Stott (appointed January 2014) and the Vice Chair of the Corporation is Andy Furse.
Correspondence for the Chair and Vice Chair should be sent to the Clerk to the Corporation.
The Clerk to the Corporation
The Clerk to the Corporation is Heather Cross, FCIS
Heather can be contacted at Bath College on 01225 328 735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Heather is normally in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.