About the Newbury College Corporation
Newbury College is a further education (FE) college. FE colleges are required by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to have a governing body. Governing bodies are also called ‘Corporations’ so the Newbury College Corporation means the same as the Newbury College governing body.
The main role of the Corporation is to oversee the way the college is run; make sure it delivers what its community needs in a way that reflects the highest professional and ethical standards; makes effective use of the resources it has available.
There are different categories of governors (also known as members). There are external governors, who are recruited from outside the college from business and community organisations and student and staff governors.
What personal qualities does a governor need?
A good governing body should reflect the community it serves and bring together a wide range of people with different backgrounds, lifestyles, skills and experience. However, all governors, including the student governors, generally share some similar personal qualities.
- They have a commitment to education and training and to the success of the college's students.
- A willingness to contribute to the life and well-being of the college and its community;
- A commitment to strengthening links between the college and its business and local communities and commitment to acting openly, honestly and with integrity.
It follows that all governors need to have the time and energy to turn their commitment into active involvement.
The term is served up to a maximum of two years running from Summer 2017. Whilst it is ideally suited to students who intend to remain in study with the College for the next 2 years, all students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
What does the student governor do and what should they attend?
There are usually 3 Corporation meetings in any one academic year. These usually take place at 16:30 on a Monday evening and last for about 2 hours.
The Newbury College Corporation has also established some sub-committees. These are smaller groups of governors who meet to look at particular aspects of the college’s business. The student governors will be asked to join one of these committees.
Student Governors are also encouraged to attend Open Events, Parents Evenings and other events to represent the student body.
What is special about the role of the student governor?
The Student Governor provides a student perspective and helps ensure that the Corporation is informed and understands the student experience at the College. It is important to remember that the Student Governor is not a delegate or a representative of the students in the College, but is selected to be a Governor in his or her own right - you are your own person.
Why become a student governor?
- You will be able to make a difference: this is a great opportunity for you to ensure that student views are heard by the ultimate decisions makers for the College.
- You will gain new and valuable experience and knowledge.
- You will build on your current leadership skills and increase your confidence.
- Employers and universities are likely to view your decision to become a student governor in a very positive light.
To apply to be a Student Governor, please fill out the form and we'll be in touch.