In partnership with Association of Colleges (AoC) we recently published Governing a College Using Virtual Meetings. This report looks at how colleges across the UK have dealt with the challenges of governing during the pandemic and provides advice for the future use of virtual board meetings. We are currently arranging training based on the recommendations in the report.
All colleges in Scotland are required to comply with equality legislation that impacts on the day to day work of the college, its strategic direction and how its board diversifies its membership.
Board members play an integral role in supporting equality and diversity in Scottish colleges as part of creating and driving the colleges’ strategic aims, by ensuring the college meets its legal responsibilities, and in helping to build a diverse and representative governing body.
This briefing explains the role of boards in overseeing the embedding and implementation of equality law within college processes, but also focuses on what it means for boards themselves.
The Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s colleges is a core reference document for anyone involved in governance in this sector. Adherence to the Code which has been developed by the sector and its key stakeholders through the Good Governance Steering Group is obligatory for every board that receives money from the Scottish Funding Council.
The Good Governance Steering Group recently undertook a review of the Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s Colleges. As part of this exercise, a consultation took place to seek views from key stakeholders on the revisions proposed by the steering group. This review has now concluded and the updated Code of Good Governance for Scotlands Colleges August 2016 is now available.
The Scottish Funding Council has released guidance, ‘Good practice in college governance’ which articulates requirements for colleges to comply with the revised Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s Colleges.
The Guide for Board Members in the College Sector is another national publication produced by the Code of Good Governance Steering Group. It is a short, easily read guide to the responsibilities of being a board member in a college or regional strategic body in Scotland.
The Good College Governance Task Group was announced in a Parliamentary Statement on 08 October 2015. The Task Group’s remit includes developing the necessary capacity and behaviour to improve governance.
The Good College Governance Task Group – Final Report focuses on areas for improvement, while acknowledging that college sector governance has many positives.
The Task Group has also produced the Good College Governance Task Group – Supporting Material Report, which is intended to be read in conjunction with the main report (above) and provides supporting detail.
Staff Governance Standard, a document produced by Scotland’s Colleges, the organisation previous to College Development Network.
This guidance explains the requirements of the new public sector specific duty regulation, which aims to promote greater diversity amongst the members of the boards of Scotland’s public authorities. It is aimed at those responsible for implementing the PSED in public authorities in Scotland.