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Governors | Leicester College

At the heart of a diverse and thriving community, Leicester College is proud to offer a skills-led, high-quality further and higher education curriculum to 20,000 aspirational students every year. To strengthen their governance ahead of future inspections and support the development of a new strategic plan, the College is seeking to appoint three governors to their board who have experience of post-16 education strategic leadership across curriculum, quality, and student engagement.

  • Location: Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable travel expenses

About the role

With 20,000 students and over 1,000 staff across four campuses, the Principal and CEO, Verity Hancock, and the senior leadership team provide strategic and operational leadership to Leicester College on a day-to-day basis. They are directed and governed by a non-executive Board of Governors, which is, in addition to appointed staff and student governors, made up of dedicated volunteers drawn from the communities served by the College, who offer a diverse and highly relevant range of skills, experiences and perspectives to support the effective governance of the College.

The Board of Governors is collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the College, ensuring accountability and monitoring College performance, including its financial health. This work is supported by five Committees, who are responsible for considering and taking decisions on matters that fall within their area of responsibility, and reporting any issues to the full Board, including:

  • Audit
  • Curriculum, Strategy and Quality Improvement
  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Search and Governance
  • Student Liaison

As one of the largest providers of further and higher education across Leicestershire, the Board of Governors plays an essential and active role in ensuring the viability and quality of the College’s provision.

Governors normally serve a three-year term of office and can serve up to three terms. A full induction to the organisation and role will be provided, alongside CPD opportunities, with attendance at five board meetings and up to five committee meetings per year, as well as a strategic away day required.

Who we are looking for

Over the last year, Leicester College has successfully responded to the demands of the global pandemic, adapting to blended modes of digital and on-site teaching delivery and assessment, with a unerring focus on maintaining quality and standards across all areas.

As the Board focuses on the development of a new strategic plan over the next year and with the prospect of the College’s next Ofsted inspection in 18 months’ time, they are keen to strengthen the Board and committees with the appointment of up to three Governors, who have expertise in the areas of curriculum, quality and standards, or student engagement, gained through experience of working at a senior strategic level within the education or training sectors.

They are especially keen to engage interest from professionals with insight and knowledge of the Ofsted inspection framework, from either a secondary or post-16 environment.

You must demonstrate a commitment to the Nolan principles of public life, be willing to contribute your expert knowledge for the benefit of the College in a non-executive capacity and be committed to preparing for and attending Board and Committee meetings throughout the year.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our advisers at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Laura Atter | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

Closing date: 12pm, Friday 22nd January 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Welcome from Jonathan Kerry, Chair of Governors

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of Leicester College.

Leicester College has a long and successful history as the main provider of post-16 education and training in Leicester and Leicestershire. We have around 20,000 students studying with us annually, a curriculum offer that spans basic skills to degree level, apprenticeships and professional training, and some of the best specialist industry training facilities in Leicestershire.

Along with many Further Education (FE) colleges across the country, we face a number of challenges and some big strategic decisions about the future of the College. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will have long-term implications for the way in which we deliver education to all our students.

This is when informed and committed governors who have an interest in securing the best future for the College are most crucial.

Being a governor of such a complex and diverse College will give you a privileged role in shaping an organisation which improves the skills and life chances of thousands of people each year and makes a major contribution to the local economy.

It is also an excellent opportunity to build relationships with members of a Board which is committed to promoting education and social mobility within Leicester.

As a new governor you will have access to a range of training and support as well as opportunities to get to know the College, its students and staff in order so you can make the best contribution possible in the role.

I very much hope that you will consider applying for the role of governor.

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Kerry
Chair of Governors

About Leicester College

Leicester College is one of the largest colleges in the country, serving the City of Leicester, the surrounding county and beyond. Offering a comprehensive range of technical, vocational and higher education qualifications in a broad range of subject areas, the College is home to around 20,000 students every year and 1,150 staff. Their mission is to equip people with the skills they need to be successful in education, in work and business, and in their personal lives.

The College’s values are:

  • Ambition
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence

Leicester College was formed in 1999, following the merger of Charles Keene College and Leicester South Fields College. The impetus for the merger was a shared commitment to improving the education and training opportunities available to existing and future learners and stakeholders throughout Leicestershire. In responding to the needs of the community, the College has developed over the intervening period and seeks to work strategically with other providers in formal and informal partnerships to extend choice, optimise the use of available resources and further improve quality.

The College is now located across four main sites – Abbey Park Campus and Engineering Technology Centre, Freeman’s Park Campus, St. Margaret’s Campus and City Skills Centre – where a wide range of high-quality courses are delivered. The College is immensely proud of being a thriving, modern and diverse place to study, with courses to suit every learner regardless of age, level, background and ability.

As well as receiving a Good judgement at their last Ofsted inspection in 2017, Leicester College were also awarded Gold for their university teaching in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible award. This was due in part to their success in making students feel supported and happy during their time at the College.

Leicester College are an Associate College of De Montfort University and work with the University to provide pathways to degree level in many subject areas following study at Leicester College. The excellent facilities and expert teaching provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to be leaders in their chosen field, opening doors to employment and further education. With smaller class sizes than most universities, studying with Leicester College means students receive more personalised attention and support from the teaching staff, therefore providing them with increased opportunities to succeed now and in the future.

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    Laura Atter | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

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    Closing date for applications: 12pm, Friday 22nd January 2021
    Interviews: Wednesday 3rd & Friday 5th February 2021

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