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The Committees which serve the Corporation are as follows:

Audit Committee

The main responsibility of this committee is to advise the governing body on how well the College's internal control systems (e.g. finance, IT etc.) are working.

It has a key role in acting as an 'independent arm' to ensure the information provided to the governing body – and the systems that generate it – are robust and accurate. In other words, the committee is the 'eyes and ears' of the governing body.

The members must be capable of independent, authoritative and objective consideration of complex and potentially sensitive issues, and must provide impartial advice to the governing body.

Finance Committee

The main responsibility of this committee is to advise the governing body on all aspects of its finances, financial policies and controls (e.g. annual budgets, capital expenditure and funding).

Its members determine the College's investment and borrowing programmes, and review the financial regulations on a regular basis.

They also recommend the annual accounts to the governing body for approval.

Curriculum & Quality Committee

This committee is responsible for advising the governing body on the overall academic performance of the College.

It makes clear recommendations and provides full reports on issues arising from the monitoring and evaluation of College provision and its improvement strategies, specifically including the approval of the annual self-assessment report and the quality improvement plan.

Strategy, Governance & Search

The committee advises and make recommendations to the Corporation on strategic matters and opportunities for the Group.

The committee advises the governing body on the appointment of its members, to identify nominations in respect of vacancies, and to consider the composition and balance of the board and its committees.

It monitors members' attendance at all meetings and undertakes periodical skills audits to balance the range of skills and experience on the governing body.

The committee also deals with the process for self-assessment and reviews governors' training requirements.

Finally, the committee considers all aspects of governance and makes recommendations to the governing body as required.

Remuneration Committee

The committee’s responsibilities are to make recommendations to the Corporation on the remuneration and benefits of the Principal and other senior post-holders.

Governors' Handbook and Governance Policies

An annual ‘Governors’ Handbook’ is published and made available to all governors. The handbook contains all governance policies and documents relevant to governance. The handbook is split into the following sections:

  • Section 1: Governors’ handbook contents and current Governor information, including membership, committee membership, annual cycle of business and meeting dates.
  • Section 2: Legal framework, including the Instrument & Articles of Government, Standing Orders, Scheme of Delegation and Committee’s Terms of Reference
  • Section 3: Roles & responsibilities including that of governors, the Chair and the Clerk
  • Section 4: Training, Development & Governance Self-Assessment
  • Section 5: Governance policies & procedures
  • Section 6: Key documents

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