Corporate Governance

The Corporation of Cambridge Regional College is committed to the provision of the very best education to the wide community served by the college. In order to ensure that their conduct and decision-making is fair, unbiased and impartial, Governors agree to abide by a number of policies, rules and guiding principles. These are common to all Further Education Colleges and, indeed, to most public bodies charged with overseeing public money and delivering services to others.

Responsibilities

The College’s Instrument and Articles of Government determine the duties and responsibilities of the Corporation, and are available here. The Corporation is responsible for:

  • determining the educational character and mission of the College and for oversight of its activities;
  • approving the quality strategy of the institution;
  • ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and the Corporation and safeguarding assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk;
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff;

In order to undertake these responsibilities, Governors agree to the following:

  • abide by the seven principles of Public Life (the Nolan principles) as follows:
    Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • adhere to a Governors’ Code of conduct – (click here to view Summary Code of Conduct)
  • complete a register of interests form declaring any interest, financial or other, which might influence their judgment. The register is open to public inspection in the Clerk’s office
  • agree to attend a minimum number of meetings per year
  • agree to assess their own performance and make recommendations for improvement
  • undertake a programme of induction and training on becoming a new Governor and maintain a programme of training to meet their own training needs whilst a Governor

Conduct of business

In order to conduct its business effectively the Corporation meets as a full board at least 5 times a year including a residential meeting. Much of the work of Governors takes place in the Committees and Governors normally serve on at least one of the following committees:-

  • Search and Governance Committee: responsible for recruitment, induction and training of Governors
  • Learning and Quality Committee: responsible for setting and monitoring performance standards
  • Finance and Resources Committee: responsible for financial, risk management and property issues
  • Audit and Risk Committee: responsible for the financial and other controls operating in the college and for implementing the recommendations in audit reports
  • Remuneration Committee: responsible for setting and monitoring the salaries of the senior post holders and the Clerk
  • Commercial Strategy Committee: responsible for developing commercial opportunities

Each of the independent committee members serves initially for a four-year period and, as with the Governors, is eligible for reappointment for a second term.

Each committee has its own terms of reference, which are approved and reviewed on a regular basis by the Corporation. A chair is appointed for each committee on an annual basis and all the committees are serviced by the Clerk who is an independent member of the College staff.

The position of Governor is voluntary and unremunerated. Travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the performance of college duties are reimbursed in accordance with college policy.

Confidentiality

The Governors are committed to openness and the majority of their papers and minutes are posted on this website. However, there are some items that are considered confidential to the Board and College management:

  • reports and minutes of the Remuneration Committee
  • confidential personnel issues
  • any item relating to an individual member of staff or student
  • monthly financial statements and management accounts
  • financial information about the disposal or acquisition of major assets including land or property
  • commercially sensitive information relating to contracts or which may assist competitors
  • legal advice received from, or instructions given, to the College legal advisers

Consulting with staff and students

College management and the Governing body are committed to seeking the views of staff and students in order to conduct their business effectively. The main ways in which staff and students are consulted is set out below.

Consultation with Staff:

  • Annual Staff Survey
  • Faculty/Team Meetings
  • Full Staff Meetings
  • Staff forum
  • Weekly Staff Email Bulletins
  • Performance Management Meetings
  • Joint Consultative Negotiating Committee
  • Policy communication and consultation via staff intranet
  • Staff suggestion box
  • Staff Governors on Corporation

Consultations with Students:

  • Annual Student Survey
  • Student Union Committee
  • Student Liaison Committee
  • Student Faculty representatives
  • Learner Conference
  • Student Governors on Corporation
  • College Facebook account

Meeting the needs of the community

The constitution and operation of the Corporation and the mix of Governors is reviewed regularly to ensure that it reflects the community it serves and is operating effectively to provide positive and responsive leadership for the college. Governors assess their own performance against established targets on an annual basis and the Corporation receives considerable feedback on the performance of the college from outside institutions, from students and from staff. Governors are expected to make strong reciprocal links within the community and to feed back external needs and aspirations from a wide range of sources.

Governors have agreed a Public Value statement in accordance with the English Colleges’ Foundation Code of Governance.

CRC’s vision is to be a centre of excellence in the UK for skills for employment, economic growth and enterprise. We seek to add value to the social and economic well-being of the community through adherence to our values and through delivery of our six strategic goals.

Our key focus is on learners and local employers. We aim to develop in our learners the skills, knowledge and qualifications necessary for 21st century employment, which in turn benefits their community and beyond; and to provide local employers with access to skilled recruits and further workforce training and development, which will contribute to their business growth and success We are helped in this through our strategic relationships with partners in the region.

Further information

The Clerk is the first person to contact if you want to find out more about the work of the Corporation or the role of Governor, are seeking further information, or if you wish to contact Governors.

Emily Baldwin, Clerk to the Corporation, Cambridge Regional College, Science Park Campus, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT
Email: ebaldwin@camre.ac.uk