University governance is the constitutional forms and processes through which universities govern their affairs. The Board of Governors is the most senior committee in the University's governance structure.

Board of Governors

About us 

The Board of Governors is the University's governing body, established in accordance with the University's Articles and Instrument of Government.   

The Statement of Primary Responsibilities outlines the responsibilities of the Board, who meet six times per year. 

The Board operates in accordance with the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Higher Education Code of Governance 2014 and Higher Education Senior Staff Remuneration Code, both of which have been formally adopted.  The Board also operates in accordance with the seven principles identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership), and with due regard for both the UK Corporate Governance Code 2018 insofar as it is applicable to the HE sector, and for the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit. 


The work of the Board of Governors is supported by three sub-committees: 


The constitution of the Board of Governors is determined by the Instrument of Government.   

The majority of members are drawn from outside of the University and are referred to as independent members.  The Board has a total of 13 members as follows: 

  • Eight independent members, one vacancy (as at 1 September 2018) 
  • One academic staff governor 
  • One student governor – the serving President of the Students’ Union 
  • One co-opted professional services staff governor 
  • The Vice-Chancellor 

The profile of membership reflects the experience and expertise required for the University to meet its statutory obligations and to achieve its strategic aims and objectives. The membership is subject to regular review against a matrix of expertise and experience. 

In commitment to increasing diversity at Board level, the Board of Governors has engaged with the Board Apprentice programme and has one Board Apprentice for 2018-19. 

Join our Board 

We currently have a vacancy for an independent member of the Board of Governors.  For more information and to apply please download our Join our Board Information Pack

Governor profiles

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

Tel: 01326 213826

Robyn Wyatt
Clerk to the Boards

Tel: 01326 259265

Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE