Further Education Governance Committee - Terms of Reference

The Further Education Governance Committee is one of four standing committees of the Governing Council of the University of Derby. The Committee is responsible for having oversight of the quality of teaching and learning within the FE Division of the University of Derby. FE Governance Committee reports to Governing Council on educational character, FE strategy and sustainability and the Effectiveness of FE management. The Committee is expected to promote a challenging, stretching and worthwhile education in which students attain the highest standards of which they are capable. The Governing Council holds ultimate responsibility for all University governance matters.

The FE Division is an integral part of the University of Derby and reports directly to the University Executive. It currently operates as a single College from campuses in Buxton, Leek and Derby. The Principal responsible for the leadership and management of the division reports to the member of the University Executive who has the responsibility under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor for all activities of the University. Performance of the FE division against its business plan and strategies and overall management is overseen through the corporate planning and annual monitoring processes.

The FE Governance Committee was re-constituted following the merger of Leek College of Further Education and School of Art with the University on 1st August 2012.

The function of the FE Governance Committee is to oversee strategy for the growth of the FE Division within the University of Derby. The Committee is expected to advise the Governing Council on the quality of the learning environment and the performance of the students. More specifically, the FE Governance Committee is expected to
undertake the following:

  1. Advise Governing Council regarding the educational character and strategies for the delivery of a further education curriculum strategy that is fit for purpose. The Committee is expected to promote the highest standards in teaching and learning and the overall portfolio of programmes on offer. It should ensure that the portfolio is proactively developed in collaboration where appropriate with other providers in the region.
  2. Monitor the enhancement of quality in terms of staff skills, professional development*, accommodation*, learning resources, IT systems* and administrative support and ensure that teaching, learning and assessment is of the highest quality.

areas marked* are provided by the University

  1. Compare the performance of students in terms of attendance, retention, achievement, success, valueadded and progression/destination with national comparators.
  2. Monitor and evaluate the College student and stakeholder experience through formal surveys, informal feedback mechanisms, compliments, complaints and through informal personal interactions with students.
  3. Ensure that the values of the University pervade the life of the College community and that, in particular, equality and diversity are promoted and valued highly
  4. Promote the pastoral needs of students and ensures that the University fulfils its responsibility for protecting and promoting the health, safety and well-being of its students [safeguarding] and in particularly minors and vulnerable adults. Ensure the College and University complies with the FE requirement of its Prevent Duties.
  5. Maintain an oversight of the financial performance and risk management arrangements of the College ensuring that the use of resource is effective and efficient, providing optimum value for money.
  6. Monitor the formulation and implementation of strategies for marketing, publicity, student recruitment and applications ensuring that the College brand is widely regarded as attractive to potential students and other stakeholders.
  7. Monitor the relationship and the contracts with the funding bodies, ensuring that the institution is maximising opportunities for growth and student enrolment.
  8. Ensure that there is full awareness of the requirements of statutory regulatory bodies and that the College management responds appropriately to the outcomes of external inspection and is at all times ‘inspection ready’.
  9. Take on the role of passionate ambassador supporting and encouraging engagement with employers and other external stakeholders to promote the interests of the College and its students.

Link members

There are four link members of the FE Governance Committee. The role of a link member is to obtain a closer understanding of the provision and the issues, thereby assisting the Committee in the formulation of its advice to the Governing Council. The link members also give the FE Governance Committee more visibility.

Composition (17, total 16 votes$)

*Independent signifies that the member of the Committee is not employed or are current students of the University. There are two categories: (i) independent governors who are members of the Governing Council and (ii) independent members who are members of the Committee by special invitation.

Quorum at all meetings is 50% of the members with a majority being independent. FE Governance Committee will normally meet at least four times each year.