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GDP: New Governors of Scottish HEIs

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Networking Event
Start Date
End Date
4.5 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
Price From


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 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.

New Governor


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

9.50am - Policy landscape - David Lott, Deputy Director (Policy), Universities Scotland

10.30am - Understanding how HE governance works - Donna McMillan, University Secretary, University of the West of Scotland

11.15am - Break

11.30am - Student perspective on governance - Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland

12pm - Governance and finance - Malcolm G Cutt, Director of Operations and Finance, Queen Margaret University

12.30pm - Breakout discussions:
- How have you found your experience so far?        
- Describe your induction so far?        
- What has been most surprising?        
- Reflections on any previous meetings

1pm - Feedback

1.15pm - Summary and close

If you would like to find out more about our other governance events, please visit our Governance Development Programme page.

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