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.
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.
The Governors are committed to openness and the majority of their minutes are posted on this website. However, there are some items that are considered confidential to the Board and College management:
The criteria for confidentiality are:
- a matter concerning a named person employed at or proposed to be employed at the College, which may require the withdrawal of Student or Staff members
- a matter concerning a named student at, or candidate for admission to, the College, which requires the withdrawal of Student members
- information provided in confidence by a third party who has not authorised its disclosure;
- reports and minutes of the Remuneration Committee and the Commercial Strategy Committee;
- financial or other commercially sensitive information relating to procurement decisions, contracts or land disposals/acquisitions;
- information relating to the negotiating position of the College in industrial relations matters, during the course of those negotiations;
- information relating to the financial position of the College where the Corporation is satisfied in good faith that disclosure might harm the College or its competitive position;
- legal advice received from or our instructions given to the College legal advisors;
- information planned for publication in advance of that publication; and/or
- information not otherwise covered above, but, by reason of its nature, the Corporation are satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis.
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.
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