Southampton Solent University is overseen by a Board of Governors which determines the strategic direction of the University.
Under the Education Reform Act of 1988, which created higher education corporations, the Board of Governors is generally responsible for looking after the public investment and the public interest at the University.
The Governors are charged with determining the educational character and mission of the University; overseeing its activities; monitoring effective and efficient use of resources; safeguarding the solvency and assets of the University; and approving annual estimates of income and expenditure. The Board is also responsible for appointing the head of the institution. These responsibilities are detailed in the Board of Governors Terms of Reference.
Makeup of the Board
There are normally twenty Governors, most of whom are voluntary independent members drawn from business – these bring a blend of commercial, professional and life experience. There are also internal members, including the Vice-Chancellor, staff and the President of the Students' Union.
If you are interested in joining the University's Board of Governors, you can find out more about the process and criteria for considering future appointments on our joining the Board webpage.
Meet the Board of Governors
Register of interests
Functioning of the Board
A Code of Corporate Governance and Governors' Handbook has been produced, primarily to be of assistance to Governors of the University. The handbook is kept under continuous review.
The governing body has regard to the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance in its governance arrangements, and has adopted the Statement of Primary Responsibilities contained within the Code (Appendix 1).
Section 7.11 of the Code states that "governing bodies must conduct a regular, full and robust review of their effectiveness and that of their committees, the starting point for which should be an assessment against this Code and the statutory responsibilities alongside those which it has assumed and articulated independently (eg through a Statement of Primary Responsibilities)". Such a review was undertaken in 2015; a summary of the outcomes can be viewed here.
Minutes of Board meetings
The Board meets four times a year, and the minutes of these meetings are publicly available below.
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