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GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Networking Events
Start Date
End Date
One day
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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For new and continuing Staff Governors and those considering whether they would like to become a Staff Governor.

This one-day event, which forms part of our Governor Development Programme (GDP),  will consider the role of Staff Governors and how they can best make an effective contribution to the work of the governing body. Staff Governors provide a direct link between the staff of the institution and the governing body, yet a balance must be struck as they are not acting as a representative of the constituency from whom they have been elected or appointed. As Governors, they should act in the best interests of the institution and accept collective responsibility for the decisions agreed by the governing body. Independent Governors may also look to Staff Governors as a source of information to help their understanding of the institution, and to gain insights into how it operates.

The event will look at the importance of building good relationships with other members of the governing body, explore how difficult issues can be raised, and the balance between supporting and challenging the executive.

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GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors - Event Agenda

09.30   Arrival: registration and refreshments

10.00    Welcome and introductions
             Aaron Porter, Associate Director Governance, Advance HE

10.15    Understanding HE governance and decision making 
             Roger Gair, University Secretary, University of Leeds

11.00    Composition of HE boards 
             Alison Wheaton, Associate, Advance HE & PhD Research on University Governance, UCL Institute of Education 

11.45    Refreshment break 

12.00    When governance goes wrong  
             Dawn Turpin, Associate, Advance HE & former Head of Governance, Open University 
12.50    Lunch 

13.50    Staff governor panel
             Dominic Laffy, Staff Governor and Principal Lecturer, Regent’s University London 
             Matthias Feist, Member of the Board of Trustees and Employability Student Enterprise Manager, Regent’s University,                 London 
             Sarah Cowls, Staff Governor and Director of Student and Academic Services, Queen Mary University of London

14.40    Table discussions

15.30    Closing remarks 

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GDP: Role and Responsibilities of Staff Governors - Event Agenda

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

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