GOOD GOVERNANCE
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1 BENEFITS OF TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS
1.1 Governing bodies can demonstrate that they are promoting high ethical standards in their own work
1.2 Decision-making is improved if staff, students and others with an interest are able to contribute to the process of drawing up proposals for action
1.3 Staff, students and other stakeholders need to know what has been decided and what is expected of them as a result. The maximum possible transparency and openness are powerful aids to effective communication within the institution and beyond
1.4 Transparency is a powerful weapon against malpractice of all types.
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DELIVERING TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS

2.1 All institutions should make BOG papers - agendas, papers considered and minutes of meetings - generally available to staff and students. Papers should be kept confidential rarely, and only where this is strictly necessary
2.2 BOG meeting minutes should be published on the institution's website. It is good practice to publish agendas and papers too
2.3 Institutions should publish Annual Reports and audited financial statements and make them widely available, for example on their websites
2.4 In publishing Annual Reports and financial information, it is good practice to set out a statement of the governing body's own responsibilities in relation to corporate governance and internal control
2.5 Governing bodies should consider opening their meetings to senior staff so that the decisions reached can be communicated even more effectively
2.6 Students can make a valuable contribution to governance discussions, and they should be encouraged to participate
2.7 In addition to formal publication of governance papers and conclusions, institutions should use all of the means at their disposal to involve the staff and students in governance activity

 

 

Self-review is a key activity and output of the Good Governance Programme through which institutions can examine their current governance practice. Self-review can be undertaken regularly (for example every 3 -5 years).

Supporting governance development needs of individual governors, governing bodies, institutions and States is a key activity of this and other national and regional initiatives. Another output of the Good Governance Programme is a Governance Development Plan to see how governance development is built into institutional development through clear, timebound action planning.

 

 

Implementing good governance practice is the primary outcome of the Good Governance Programme demonstrated by institutions developing their own governance guidelines which sets out institutional governance practices based on the Good Practice Guide for Governing Bodies. This would include a process and timetable for monitoring and reviewing governance practise.
Sharing experience underpins and supports the Good Governance Programme through good governance learning forums, sharing of institutional case studies of good practice, highlighting common gaps, barriers and issues, and helping institutions to learn from one another.