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Key organisations for new Governors

There are several key organisations for new Governors to be aware of, especially when considering their institutions academic processes.

Key organisations

Association of Colleges (AoC) represents and promotes the interests of further education colleges and provides members with professional support services.  

Colegau Cymru Colegau Cymru / Colleges Wales is the national organisation representing all 14 further education colleges and institutions in Wales.

Colleges NI is the membership body for Northern Ireland’s six colleges of further and higher education.

Committee of University Chairs (CUC) represents Chairs of UK university governing bodies. In December 2014, CUC published the Higher Education Code of Governance.

DfE NI is the government department who's role is to formulate policy and administer funding to the universities and colleges in Northern Ireland to support teaching and learning, research and related activities in the Northern Ireland higher education sector.  

GuildHE is a representative body for Higher Education in the UK. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity. It was founded in 1967 as the Standing Conference of Principals, registered as a company in 1992 and became GuildHE in 2006.  

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. Through their activity they aim to ensure accountability for public funds, be a proportionate regulator, act in the public interest and be a broker between government and providers. At the end of 2017, HEFCE will be disbanded.  

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) regulates fee levels at universities, ensures a framework is in place for assessing the quality of higher education and scrutinises the performance of universities and other designated providers.  

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the United Kingdom.  

Independent Higher Education representative body for independent and alternative providers, which aims to protect and enhance the flexibility of independent providers  

JISC a membership organisation, providing digital solutions for UK education and research  

Office of the Independent Adjudicator the independent body responsible for the resolution of student complaints.  

Office for Students (OfS) set out in the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), OfS was established in January 2018, it is the lead regulator of higher education in England  

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) works across the UK to raise the standards and quality of higher education. The QAA, working with the sector, developed the Quality Code, and reviews higher education provision.  

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is a new non-departmental public body in England which is being created to strengthen the strategic approach to future challenges and maximise value from government’s investment of over £6billion per annum in research and innovation.  

Universities UK  the representative organisation for the UK’s Universities.  

Universities Wales represents the interests of universities in Wales, and is a National Council of Universities UK.

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