This section of the Swindon College web site tells you about how the college is governed, who the governors are, what they do and what they are responsible for. The Governing Body works within a legal and policy framework which is described also in the following pages.
When you clicked on 'Governance' on the front page of our web site, you will have seen from the menu that this section is in five parts:
- Welcome - to College Governance - which is where you are now
- Could You Be a College Governor?
Information for those interested in applying to become a Swindon College governor
- The Governor Handbook
A very useful full compendium of information about the work and responsibilities of the Governing Body
- The College Governors
Pen pictures of the present members of the Governing Body.
- Minutes of Meetings
The most recent approved minutes of the Governing Body and its committees.
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College Governance encompasses the work and responsibilities of the College Governing Body, its relationships with college senior managers and auditors/regulators, and its wider relationships with the college’s stakeholders - students, staff, employers, government agencies, and local community groups.
The Governing Body takes its legal and community responsibilities seriously and governors are committed to acting in the best interests of the college at all times.
A College Governing Body approximates to a board of directors in a business enterprise, rather than the local government/community tradition of members representing particular sectional interests.
The Governing Body of Swindon College is a team of 18 individuals with a broad base of skills and experience. It meets regularly to review the college’s mission, to consider strategic developments, to systematically monitor college and management performance, to review and monitor the implementation of a range of college policies, and ensure compliance with statutory requirements at all times.
The thrust of the Board’s work is outward looking and primarily future orientated in forming strategies as well as providing accountability for past activities of the college.
External members of the Board consider themselves to be ‘non-executive directors’ of the college. Considerable freedom and discretion is given to the Principal for operational management.
Corporate policies are approved by the Board with the ensuing procedures and plans being the responsibility of college management to agree and implement.