Student Governor

Term: August 2019 – July 2020

What is the Board of Governors?

The Board of Governors (BOG) is the most senior board within the university. They’re responsible for creating and leading on the university’s mission, as well as encouraging a positive learning environment for UCA students.

The Board:

  • Approves UCA’s strategic plan and business plans
  • Is “employing authority” for UCA staff, meaning they ensure employment law is followed and make top-level decisions about staffing
  • Appoints Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and other key University roles
  • Has responsibility for the University’s assets and properties
  • Ensures that the University operates legally.

There are 22 Board members, including two student representatives: one of those is a UCASU President and the other is Student Governor – that could be you!

The Clerk to the Board will offer you support in the role, as well as UCASU’s Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees.


Responsibilities and Duties:

Your role is to represent students’ perspectives during the discussions take place at Board meetings. This could be on topics such as UCA’s financial priorities, its values or mission, how UCA should develop, and academic and support standards.

You would:

  • Attend an initial induction and regular briefing meetings, to ensure you’re prepared for Board meetings
  • Attend Board meetings – there are only four per year, usually booked in for 2pm with a lunch provided beforehand
  • Take part in a Strategic Away Day (this is usually an evening and 9am-5pm the following day)
  • Read papers ahead of the meeting and prepare any points you’d like to raise
  • When appropriate, look for feedback from fellow students about particularly complex or potentially controversial papers
  • Be constructive with your feedback
  • Respect the confidentiality of confidential items
  • Disclose conflicts of interest, should they arise
  • Adhere to Nolan Committee standards of behaviour: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Why should I run for Governor?

If you want to make change for students at UCA, this is the most direct and active way you can do it – you get to help make decisions about finances and University work and you get to represent students’ perspectives.

It only takes up about 5-7 days of your time throughout the year, and offers you an excellent opportunity to develop your communication skills and experience of working in a professional setting.

Am I eligible?

If you’re a continuing UCA student – meaning you’ll still be studying at UCA next academic year – you’re eligible for the role of Student Governor.

Represent students on the most senior Board in the university

Give useful feedback about issues from academic standards to University finances to the UCA mission