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Being a governor at Nottingham College is a rewarding way to give back your time and expertise for the benefit of our students and the city.

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June

We unlock potential through learning. Nottingham College, the main provider of technical and further education for young people and adults in Nottingham, is rooted in our communities.

About the role.

Nottingham College is one of the largest colleges in the UK with 34,000 students, 1,300 dedicated employees and 10 campuses across Nottingham. We ensure our focus is always on developing employment opportunities for our students through creative and inspirational teaching. We do this by ensuring our curriculum offer and qualifications we deliver are the most appropriate for the aspirations of our students. We also heavily invest in our digital and IT infrastructure as well as continuing to review the quality of our estate.

The work of a Member of the Corporation Board (governor) in setting the strategic direction of Nottingham College and providing effective oversight is central to the success of the College. By becoming a Governor of Nottingham College, you will be joining a high-performing board and successful college. This is your opportunity to steer provision that benefits the students, the local community and employers directly. Being a Governor at Nottingham College is hugely rewarding and is an opportunity to make a real difference to the communities served by the college.

While in some respects the role of the Corporation Board can be summed up as one of exercising “oversight” of the College and its business, the term should not be taken to imply in any sense a passive or merely symbolic role. The Board is accountable for the financial solvency of the College, its sound management, the quality of the service which it provides, and its educational character. The Board is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it.

Sound governance requires more than simply ensuring that the books balance and that the CEO & Principal is getting on with the business of running the College within the parameters established by the governors. Colleges must be able to respond to changes in direction of government policy and anticipate changing needs in their communities. The Corporation Board must be actively involved in reviewing the role of the College and in planning and managing change to ensure the long-term health and success of the College.

We benefit from an expert Board comprised of twenty talented and committed members who, collectively, monitor the progress and development of the College and ensure we work towards our strategic goals. Our governors come from a range of industries and backgrounds including higher education, further education, legal services, private and commercial industry, SME’s, local government, and the college itself. To review the current membership of the Board, click here.

Board Members meet four times each academic year, though are expected to join at least one of the following committees of the Board:

  • Learning & Quality
  • Audit
  • Governance & Search
  • Finance & Assets
  • Remuneration

Appointment to a committee will be dependent on the current committee constitution and skill expertise.

For your time, energy, and expertise, we promise to ensure you receive the critical support and development you will need to be successful in this non-executive role. We will invest in you as you are investing in us, and through our partnerships with national membership and sector-based organisations, we look forward to helping you to recognise how fundamental the further education sector is to our country’s economic development, and more crucially to the lives of the people who study with us – regardless of their age, background, or prior learning. We unlock potential through learning.

Who we are looking for.

As the college for Nottingham and the surrounding areas, we feel it is important you understand our city through having lived or worked here. It is a complex city, with pockets of high deprivation and low aspiration. But there is also a huge amount of untapped potential in Nottingham, and we consider it our duty to unearth talent and aspiration to enrich the lives of our local population.

To support our continued ambition, we are looking to appoint new Board Members (Governors) to our Corporation Board – the governing body of our College. We are specifically looking for talented people who can add value to the discussions which take place at the Board and its committees by providing support and challenge to our leadership through the appraisal of reports, plans and strategies. Based on our plans for Nottingham College we welcome interest from those with substantial leadership experience in the following sectors:

  • Education (FE Curriculum & Quality)
  • Audit (Professionally qualified)
  • Strategic HR (Employee relations, workforce planning & employment law)

Whilst having non-executive/board-level experience is desirable, what’s more important to us is your ability to work as part of our Board and provide the scrutiny required in an organisation of this size from a place of experience. As a Member of our Corporation Board, you will become an integral part of the governance and oversight at the College.

You should live or work locally to Nottingham as your attendance will be required at the meetings of the Corporation Board, which meets four times per year. All Members are expected to join a committee of the Board, plus attend a strategy day and an open day, which we can discuss this with you on your appointment.

Recognising the diversity of our city, we very much encourage the interest of candidates who will support us in our ambition to further diversify the leadership and governance of Nottingham College. We acknowledge there is work to do and working hard to ensure our decision-makers are reflective of the communities we serve. We were delighted to have recently been awarded an AoC Beacon Award for our work around well-being and inclusion, though know there is more to do.

Peridot Partners and Nottingham College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate(s) will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion with our advising consultant, Drew Richardson-Walsh, please contact Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for considering the opportunity to join the Board of Nottingham College, as a Governor.

At Nottingham College, one of the largest further education colleges in the country, we are taking the lead in developing a new vision around the delivery of a skilled workforce required by employers in the city, county and region.

Our Corporation Board – the College’s governing body – seek to recruit a range of high calibre people to give their time and help us secure the future of our significant organisation and for the benefit of the communities we serve.

This is an exciting time to be joining the board with the College feeling an invigorated energy to move forward and strive to be the very best for our students and local communities.

The coming years will continue to be challenging for all publicly funded organisations and further education colleges are no exception. However, following significant investment from various stakeholders, we are delighted to have completed the major new campus for the college in the centre of Nottingham and will be upgrading other sites throughout the city.

In addition to upgrading our facilities, we have innovative plans for our curriculum strategy and a transformational investment in our digital infrastructure.

Informal conversations about joining the Nottingham College Corporation Board can be arranged with our advising consultant at Peridot Partners, Drew Richardson-Walsh, on 07739 364033 or by email at drew@peridotpartners.co.uk.

If you have the experience, appetite, and time to commit, then we would welcome an application from you.

Kind regards,

Carole Thorogood
Chair of Nottingham College Corporation

About Nottingham College

We unlock potential through learning.

Nottingham College, the main provider of technical and further education for young people and adults in Nottingham, is rooted in our communities.

We are proud of our history which reaches back to 1847, with the opening of People’s College, the oldest further education college in England.

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Our extensive skills-based curriculum supports the needs of individuals, communities and employers.

We also provide A Levels and higher education and this rich academic history reaches back even further, to 1788, when the then High Pavement Unitarian Day School opened in the Lace Market area of Nottingham.

Grown out of subsequent mergers over the past two decades, today, Nottingham College is a ‘good’ college. Our recent Ofsted inspection in December 2022 gave a resounding vote of confidence in our direction of travel, quality of our educational offer and responsiveness to the economic needs of the city and region. We are the largest college in the local area and one of the largest in the country with a financial turnover of circa £70 million and delivering 30,000 qualifications to 20,000 students.

The early challenges we faced during our merger programme in 2017 are now a distant memory. Our college today is at a turning point and we are ready for the future. Our still relatively new, yet significantly experienced, leadership team, have already secured an improved Ofsted inspection outcome, and refocussed and re-orientated the college firmly of, and for, Nottingham, and the communities we proudly serve across the East Midlands region. We know the potential for Nottingham College is greater than where we are today. We are now on a steady footing to maximise our resources to become bigger and better, in order to truly achieve what we are capable of.

We have stabilised our finances and made positive strides in embedding a consistent high-performance culture, driven by the leadership team and overseen by our Corporation Board – the governing body. Our substantial estate has seen major improvements with the launch of our flagship City Hub campus, the product of a £58m investment in education in Nottingham and one of the largest investments in education in our city for many years. Throughout the next year we will be continuing to invest multi-millions of pounds in improving the quality of our learning environments to ensure we are ready to deliver a curriculum fit for the 21st century.

Nottingham College is ready to assume its place at the very forefront of technical learning and skills development and we are firmly focussed on our role in supporting the current and future workforce needs of the local economy and the communities of Nottinghamshire, as well as parts of the bordering counties of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and Leicestershire.

Following the appointment of our CEO & Principal, Janet Smith, our Board directed a review of our long-term mission and organisational aims. This piece of work was extensive and involved the contribution of our entire staff team of 1,400 people.

Through and with our staff and other major stakeholders, the Board recently approved our new mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities. We are incredibly proud of this piece of work.

Our Mission:

We unlock potential through learning.

Our Vision:

We will be recognised as an outstanding provider of choice for education and skills training.

Our Values

  • Collaborative
  • Agile
  • Trusted
  • Inclusive
  • Nurturing
  • Aspirational

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Enhance pride in our college and strengthen our reputation as a trusted and collaborative partner.
  • Develop our curriculum so it is responsive, agile and aligns with the skills needs of our region, ensuring all our learners are future-ready.
  • Ensure all our learners enjoy outstanding teaching.
  • Ensure all our learners are in good hands with highly effective and supportive learner-facing services.
  • Invest in and reward our people, develop their skills and recognise their success.
  • Embed a culture which is positive, inclusive, supportive and productive.
  • Relentlessly pursue our ambitious target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Harness the power of digital technology in everything we do.
  • Transform our estate, setting ambitions high for the resources and facilities we provide to our communities.
  • Secure a stable financial future.

Our governing board and its members are critical to our continuous development and future success. We appreciate the time they give, the expertise they share, and both the professional support and challenge they offer to our CEO & Principal and executive team.

Accessibility information

Nottingham College tries to make all of its buildings, facilities and resources accessible to all students, staff and visitors.  There are a variety of facilities at College sites including ramps and lifts.  Induction loops have been installed at all our main campuses and in addition to physical access, the College can support students, staff and visitors with disabilities by providing information in a format which meets your needs.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.

Interviews will be held at the City Hub.  The building is accessible with step free access both at the entrance to the building and when on site and navigating the building, with elevator access throughout.  The interviews will need to be held at this site.

The College would consider requests for any reasonable adjustments that allow the interviews to be held at the City Hub, including those outlined above (hearing loops, accessibility dogs, formatting of documents).

Nottingham College is a Carer Confident employer and actively promotes EDI workplace initiatives.  We operate an EDI committee within the College along with network support groups/cafes for BAME, LGBTQ+, carers, bereaved colleagues and new/expectant parents.

The college is keen to ensure that the application process is open to all. We are happy to respond to specific accessibility needs and will do all that we can to enable all candidates to access the selection process.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion with our advising consultant, Drew Richardson-Walsh, please contact Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5 p.m. on Tuesday 12th June 2024
    Interviews: Monday 19th June 2024

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