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Title: Processes and practices of governing in colleges of further education in the UK: Uncovering the complexities of governing
Author(s): Watson, Cate
Husband, Gary
Hill, Ron
Ireland, Aileen
Gilbert, Emma
Bathmaker, Ann-Marie
Pennacchia, Jodie
James, David
Gardner, Steve
Citation: 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.
Keywords: governing body
further education
risk management, strategy, accountability, governance professional, student governor, online meetings
Issue Date: 2021
Date Deposited: 7-Oct-2021
Publisher: University of Stirling
Abstract: 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.
Type: Project Report
Rights: Copyright is held by the authors. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.
Affiliation: Education
University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
Cardiff University
Cardiff University
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