The Court of Governors is the governing body of the University of Westminster and holds ultimate power and responsibility. The University benefits from the objectivity, as well as from the skills and experience of all its Governors. Governors are both Directors and Members of the Company – The University of Westminster – and are Trustees of that same charity.
The majority of Court members are independent, bringing expertise and experience from the public, private and not for profit sectors. The Court also includes two ex-officio members, two academic staff members, one Professional Services staff member and one student member. Staff and student members bring a wealth of insider insights, perspective and experience to the Court, although they do not represent the University staff or students or a group of staff or students.
All Court members must act in the best interests of the University at all times. Individual Court members should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Court reach sound decisions. They should take care, however, to be vigilant on the occurrence of potential conflict of interest and declare any such situation.
1. Attend and contribute to meetings of the Court and its committees; scrutinising proposals, policies and other supporting documentation; contributing to collective decision-making.
2. Contribute to the development of the University Strategy and the monitoring and evaluation of the performance and effectiveness of the University against the Strategy and agreed key performance objectives.
3. Ensure that the University executive’s management of the financial, human, physical and digital resources is efficient and effective for the furtherance of the success of the institution and in accordance with its objects.
4. Ensure that the University complies with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, such as those specified by the Office for Students.
5. Act as an ambassador for the University, embodying the University’s core values: compassionate; progressive; responsible. Attend and, where appropriate, represent the Court at University graduation ceremonies and other University and external events.
6. Attend induction, training and development events as needed to carry out the role effectively.
7. Comply with the Court of Governors’ Code of Conduct and good governance standards as exemplified in the HE Code of Governance. Observe the seven ‘Nolan Principles’ of conduct in public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
It is estimated that the role will involve the equivalent of circa 7 days per annum. Court meetings normally take place on Wednesdays; Committee meetings usually take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. The majority of meetings are held late afternoons and evenings, although the Court’s annual away day commences at lunchtime.
In addition to full participation in events and activities of the Court of Governors and designated committee(s) Governors should be able to visit the University and be available as required to discharge the above duties effectively.
All meetings held in London
The apprentice would be invited to attend all Board meetings / Committees
Governors will be selected according to the extent to which they can demonstrate the following skills, experience and attributes:
A. Strong, personal commitment to Higher Education and the values, aims and objectives of the University
B. Ability to establish a constructive, supportive and challenging working relationship with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior staff, respecting the proper separation between governance and executive management
Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the role of Director and Trustee
D. Strategic vision and the ability to think creatively
E. Able to exercise sound, independent judgement and maintain confidentiality as appropriate
Willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort
G. Collegiate approach
H. Excellent communication and networking skills
Independent members only
I. Track record of making a contribution to the strategic development of the organisation(s) in which the candidate has worked/volunteered
J. Significant experience in one or more of the following areas:
Finance – Human Resources – Audit – Legal/governance – Risk – Strategic planning – Organisational development – Property estate management – Education provision – Public sector – International -Environment – Pensions
Local /Non-Local Resident:
Remuneration and expenses:
The role of Governor is not remunerated. Governors are entitled to reclaim all travelling and similar expenses incurred in the course of University business, via the Clerk.
Applications should comprise:
· a CV including details of paid and voluntary work; and
· an application letter explaining the motivation for the application and the skills and experience the candidate can offer with reference to the selection criteria above.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a meeting to discuss the role with members of the Nominations Committee and will be asked to complete a due diligence survey. All Governor appointments are subject to the approval of the Court of Governors.
If you are interested in being put forward for this placement, and you fit the required criteria, please confirm permission for your Bio, CV and Board Apprentice Questionnaire to be submitted. Please also confirm that you have no conflict of interest with this Board.
In the event of a large number of applicants, a list of applicants, together with their Bios, will be sent to the Board for consideration. The Board will then draw up a shortlist of candidates whose CVs and Board Apprentice Questionnaires they wish to see and/or invite to interview. Please ensure that we have your most up to date Bio.
Governors are appointed for a period of three years in the first instance. The appointment may be renewed for a second and, exceptionally, for a third three-year term to a maximum period of nine years.
Training and development:
A programme of training and development activities aligned to the University’s values is in place for all Governors, including induction and full Court briefings. In addition to these mandatory development activities the Clerk can source suitable development and training to meet individual identified needs. The University reimburses all reasonable costs associated with attending relevant external training and development events.
Directors and Officers Liability Insurance is in place.
The University offers other support for Governors such as ad hoc use of office or meeting space in the University, reasonable clerical support for University business, and use of the Clerk’s postal address and email address for correspondence relating to University business.
All support is arranged via the Clerk and other means of support in the role can be considered by request.
Closing Date: 30/04/20
Company Name: University of Westminster
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