Governing Body Vacancies

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Are you interested in Further and Higher Education and Training?

At City of Bristol College we provide education and training to 12,000 learners in and around Bristol, offering 1,000 courses and teaching from sites across the City. We currently have vacancies on our Governing Body – would you like to join us?

Governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work as a team, alongside the Principal and Chief Executive, to set the College’s strategy and ensure there is a clear vision for the future. Governors play an important ambassadorial role with communities and employers, ensuring that we effectively meet the needs of our key stakeholders. They also play a critical role in ensuring and assuring the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as ensuring the College’s overall financial health is strong.

What skills do I need?

We’re looking for Governors who can bring a wide range of skills to the Board. An interest in Further and Higher Education and a commitment to improve the lives of people through education and training is essential.

What is the time commitment?

Governors are expected to attend the four Main Board meetings each year. There is one each term and they are held in the evening from 6.00 – 8.00pm. Governors receive the papers a week in advance and are expected to familiarise themselves with the items for discussion and to contribute at the meeting. In addition to the Board meetings, there are three additional meetings held each year for Governor development and training.

You may also be invited to join one of the Board Committees (Audit, Business Services, Curriculum & Quality, Remuneration or Search and Governance). Each Committee holds a meeting each term, usually in the evening.

Outside of the formal meetings you are encouraged to participate in the life of the College through planned visits including learning walks to see lessons taking place and to meet students and staff. You will be invited to College events to celebrate success including the annual Student Awards, Staff Awards and Higher Education Graduation Ceremony.

If you don’t feel you have the time to join as a full member but you have specific skills you would like to share, you may be able to join one of the committees as a Co-opted Member without the responsibility and time commitment required of full Board members.

Will I be paid?

College Board Members do not receive payment but can claim expenses incurred as part of their role e.g.travel expenses or childcare costs to enable you to attend evening meetings.

City of Bristol College encourages members to attend relevant training and pays for the cost of this.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, or more information about the Board or application process, please contact Joanne Ward, Clerk to the Corporation on 0117 312 5006 or by email to governance@cityofbristol.ac.uk

We believe that the best Boards are those that reflect the student population and wider local communities we serve. We particularly welcome applications to join our Board from groups that are under-represented on Governing Bodies. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and, when a vacancy arises, appointments are made on merit, also taking account of the need to fill any identified skills gaps.