Board of Governors - About Us

The Board of Governors is the University's governing body, established in accordance with the University's Instrument and Articles of Government and from which the Board derives its powers. The majority of its members are drawn from outside the University and are referred to as independent members. The Instrument and Articles can only be amended following approval by the Privy Council.

What does the Board do?

The Board of Governors is responsible for ensuring the effective management of the institution and for approving its future strategic development. The Board is responsible for approving the University's strategic plan and is ultimately responsible for all the affairs of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive and is accountable to the Board of Governors for the leadership and management of the University.

As set out in the University's Articles of Government, the Board of Governors' responsibilities are:

  1. The determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities
  2. The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets
  3. Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  4. The appointment, assignment, grading, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts
  5. Setting the framework for the pay and conditions of all other staff

The Board of Governors has formally adopted the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance 2014

How does it work?

The work of the Board of Governors is supported by a number of committees:

Audit Committee

Audit Committee meets three times a year. The Committee carries out all the responsibilities placed on it by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Financial Memorandum (which incorporates the HEFCE Accountability and Audit Code of Practice at its Annex B).

In particular, it recommends the appointment of external and internal auditors and monitors their performance and effectiveness; reviews the internal audit plan and considers all audit reports; monitors the effectiveness of internal control systems to ensure that satisfactory arrangements are in place to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and commissions and reviews the outcomes of value-for-money audits.

The Committee is also charged with monitoring the effectiveness of quality assurance processes in respect of all audit matters and, on behalf of the Board, the Committee receives and discusses reports on reviews undertaken by external bodies concerned with quality.

Nominations Committee

Nominations Committee meets on a needs basis. The Committee advises the Board on the overall balance of its membership and recommends the appointment of new Governors, drawing on nominations received from within the University, from Governors, and from open advertisement.

Remuneration Committee

Remuneration Committee meets on a needs basis, usually once a year, to determine on behalf of the Board the salaries and conditions of service of the senior post holders: the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Director of Finance & Resources and Registrar & Secretary.

Governors' Register of Interests

A Register of Interests is held by the Secretary to the Board of Governors, and details the interests of members of the Board and University staff associated with Board level committees. The Register identifies the following interests:

  1. Remunerated employment, office, trade profession or vocation
  2. Financial securities
  3. Contracts with the University
  4. Personal relationship interests
  5. Membership of mutual support organisations

The Register of Interests can be found here

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information:

Dr Robin Kirby
Strategic Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor
Secretary to the Board of Governors

Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE

Tel: 01326 213826
Email: robin.kirby@falmouth.ac.uk