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Here you can find out about the Corporation Board and its duties and responsibilities, including details of membership, committee structure of the college, and copies of corporation minutes for the last three years.

Requests for further information from corporation meetings should be addressed to:

Clerk to the Corporation
South Downs College
College Road
Telephone: 02392 797938
Email: probertson@southdowns.ac.uk

What is the Corporation?

This is the governing body of the college, which was established as an independent Further Education Corporation on 1 April 1993 under the provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.  The Corporation’s Instrument and Articles of Government provide the legal basis on which it operates, specifying the composition of the Corporation, the way in which it must conduct its business, its duties and responsibilities and its role as an employer, with regard to students and with regard to the discharge of its financial responsibilities.

What does the Corporation do? 

The Corporation is responsible for the strategic direction and the effective management of the College. The Corporation decides on strategic policy and the overall direction of the College, as well as monitoring the performance of the most senior managers in the College.  Collectively, the members of the Corporation must ensure that they operate within the legal framework of the College and must observe the duties which are set out for them within these documents.

 How do Governors operate? 

The Corporation must be properly constituted and each member of the Corporation owes a fiduciary duty to the College, that is, they must show the highest loyalty to the College and act in good faith in its interests.  Effectively each member must act honestly, diligently and independently whilst, at the same time, paying due attention to the requirement to take collective responsibility as part of the Board.  The Corporation regularly reviews and updates all of its policies and procedures which provide the framework for its operations, to ensure that they are up-to-date and comply with the best practice in the sector and particularly the key principles for public office, namely:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

These values are enshrined in the Board’s Code of Conduct which outlines the standards set by the Corporation for Governorship and detailed Standing Orders for the operation of the Corporation and the way in which it conducts its business.  These include Rules of Procedure for Membership and an open Register of Members’ Interests which is available for public scrutiny.

Corporation business 

The Corporation believes that its business is open to public scrutiny and, with the exception of those items of business which are deemed to be confidential as defined within the instrument of Government, for example the pay and remuneration of an individual, its policy is that the Corporation meetings are open meetings.  Entitlement to attend meetings is defined within the Standing Orders.  Members of staff who are not Corporation members or senior postholders are regularly in attendance at all meetings and other members of staff are invited where they are presenting particular reports to the Corporation. Papers and minutes of the Corporation are published in accordance with specific arrangements and, with the exception of those items specifically designated as confidential, all papers and minutes are available for public scrutiny as are any documents, Regulations, bye-laws etc. of the Corporation.

The Corporation operates through a number of committees which deal with the detailed work of the Corporation as follows:

  • Finance & Estates
  • Audit Committee
  • Standards & Quality Committee, dealing with all aspects of curriculum and quality and performance
  • Search & Governance Committee with responsibility for all aspects of membership of the Corporation
  • HR Committee
  • Remuneration Committee – with responsibility for the employment of senior postholders.

All of the committees operate to approved terms of reference and specified membership and there is an approved Scheme of Delegation.  Copies of the minutes of Corporation meetings are available from the Clerk.

In addition, Governors also undertake a range of training to support and develop their understanding of the College.

How to become a Governor 

Membership of the Corporation is broadly defined within the Instrument of Government and, within these parameters, the Corporation has agreed the following profile of Governors:

  • 11 members appointed for the range of experience and knowledge and suitability to perform the role – known as external members
  • 1 teaching staff member – elected and nominated only by the academic staff
  • 1 support staff member – elected and nominated only by the support staff
  • 2 student members
  • The Principal.

This profile seeks to maximise the College’s opportunities to involve all key stakeholders.

The Search and Governance Committee of the Corporation is responsible for all membership issues and no appointments can be made to the Corporation without advice from the Search Committee.  The Corporation is committed to embracing diversity and aims to attract Governors from a wide range of background who can offer the following:

  • Commitment and interest in education and training
  • Time and energy to undertake the role
  • Clear appreciation of the role of a Governor and, particularly the role as it applies to those who are co-opted/elected/nominated by other bodies, for Governors who will serve in those categories
  • Skills and experience likely to be of use to the College
  • Potential for a range of contacts likely to assist the College in its interface with the community
  • Business Governors likely to be senior within their organisations.

Anyone who is interested in serving on the Board should contact Pam Robertson, the Clerk to the Corporation by email: probertson@southdowns.ac.uk

Corporation documents
Corporation Members

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There are currently some vacancies on the Board which will be filled shortly.

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