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First ever guide for college staff governors launched
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and The University and College Union (UCU) is launching the first guide for FE college staff governors.
UCU sees the guide as a catalyst to boost the input and quality of staff governors on FE college governing boards.
LSIS produced the guide with UCU and sector stakeholders and it is being launched at the UCU-UNISON-LSIS annual staff governors’ conference on Thursday 3 December at UCU Head Office, Carlow Street, London NW1, from 10.30 to 16.00.
Hearing the Voice of the Staff Governor is an interactive conference with sessions from Ofsted, a leading college principal and presentations on the LSIS Guide to Staff Governors and the recent AoC/LSIS review of FE sector governance.
David Collins, LSIS chief executive said: "Governing bodies are critically important for colleges to self improve and staff governors have a key role on those bodies. LSIS is very pleased to have developed this guide in partnership with UCU and other stakeholders, building on the expertise already in the sector."
Each further education college is required to have up to three staff governors on the governing board. The union hopes the new guide will help staff governors contribute more effectively at the top level of decision making. Staff governors are full members of the governing body and allowed to speak and vote on most issues - something the guide makes clear; although it also identifies when and where the role is restricted.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “I am delighted to be launching this clear and essential guide for college staff governors. Staff governors, many of whom are our members, play a crucial role in college governance and are essential in getting the views of staff across to management and other members of the board. They can help influence a whole range of college policy making and the guide articulates the best way to go about doing that.”
“As colleges go through major changes in the New Year, staff input will be crucial to help meet the challenges. I fail to see how any college would not benefit from the input of the people working at the coalface day in day out.”
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Copies of the guide can be obtained from LSIS via contacting the Leadership Skills for Governance team at firstname.lastname@example.org