Watson C, Husband G, Hill R, Ireland A, Gilbert E, Bathmaker A, Pennacchia J, James D & Gardner S (2021) Processes and practices of governing in colleges of further education in the UK: Uncovering the complexities of governing. ESRC. Stirling: University of Stirling.
This report sets out the findings from an investigation of the processes and practices of governing in colleges of further education in the UK. The aim of the study was to examine how governing boards contribute to achieving the strategic aims of colleges in meeting the needs of learners, employers and labour markets. The study involved observation of board meetings in eight colleges over the course of a year. Here we report our findings on key themes emerging. We have set these out in terms of the tasks undertaken by boards; and the roles of board members. The key tasks are: engagement in strategy; risk management; practices of accountability; and issues of diversity and equality. The key roles reported on here are: the Chair, the governance professional; and the student governor. We also report on findings from the observation of online board meetings as a result of the pandemic. We conclude with recommendations for boards.
governing body; further education; risk management, strategy, accountability, governance professional, student governor, online meetings