GOOD GOVERNANCE
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1 NECESSARY ATTRIBUTES OF GOVERNING BODY MEMBERS
1.1 Absolute integrity, objectivity and impartiality
1.2 The ability to work effectively at Board level, including knowing when and how to challenge and when and how to support and what the limits of the governor role should be
1.3 Being prepared to devote sufficient time to governance duties, including attending all of the relevant Board and Committee meetings and contributing further as required
1.4 Being committed to improving the student experience and to ensuring that there is effective feedback to the Board about the quality of teaching and learning
1.5 Being committed to openness, transparency and personal accountability
1.6 Being committed to improving your own performance as a governor, including seeking feedback and learning from it.
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THE DESIRABLE BLEND OF GOVERNOR EXPERIENCE

Governors will come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

The Board as a whole should be able to call on experience across a wide range of areas:

2.1 Governance at Board level in both the corporate world and the public sector, including some members with personal international experience
2.2 Management at senior level, so that members can call on personal experience in supporting the institution’s own development
2.3 The application of modern management techniques and systems, including strategic planning and effective project management
2.4 Benchmarking performance against comparable organisations, nationally and internationally
2.5 Overseeing modern IT-based management and management information systems
2.6 A track record of creative and innovative problem-solving

 

 

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.