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New Governors of Scottish HEIs

For new governors and student governors of Scottish HE institutions and FE colleges offering HE programmes in Scotland.

Learning about the distinctive features of the role of court members in Scottish HE can be daunting for those stepping into the role, even for those with extensive experience in other areas.

This virtual event offers an opportunity for those new to the position to examine these facets, exchange good practice, and network with peers from other institutions.

The event also represents the first steps for new governors, whether they are stepping into governance for the first time or have been a governor in another sector and need to know more about the specifics of governance for HE in Scotland.

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Date: 19 October 2022 - Virtual

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9.30am - Welcome and allocation to breakout groups - Aaron Porter, Associate Director (Governance), Advance HE

9.50am - Policy landscape, Matthew Francis, Public Affairs Manager, University of Stirling

10.25am - The student perspective on governance, Andrew Wilson, Former President & current student, University of Edinburgh

10.55am - Break

11.15am - Breakout discussions

11:45am - Understanding the role of being a governor, Veronica Strachan, University Secretary and Vice Principal Corporate Services, Robert Gordon University 

12.15pm - Understanding HE finances, Malcolm Cutt, Director of Finance and Corporate Strategic Development, Queen Margaret University

12.50pm - Final remarks, Aaron Porter 

1.00pm - Summary and close

Aaron Porter

Associate Director (Governance)
Advance HE
Aaron leads on Advance HE governance activity through the delivery of our national Governor Development Programme which engages with around 900 governors across the UK on an annual basis. He has extensive experience leading reviews of over 25 governing boards. Aaron was previously President of the National Union of Students (NUS) and also chair of trustees for the organisation.

Malcolm Cutt

Director of Operations and Finance
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Malcolm Cutt
After completing a law degree at the University of Edinburgh, Malcolm trained as a Chartered Accountant with Whitelaw Wells & Co in Edinburgh, then moved on to work for one of the then “big eight” accountancy firms, which is now part of KPMG.
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