Governors of the Board and
Members for the Common Boards
Unremunerated (The University will meet reasonable expense claims)
Coventry University is an ambitious and forward-looking university providing innovative education and impactful research across the world. Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843, we celebrate 175 years this year, and since being awarded university status in 1992, we have grown into a dynamic, modern and successful university with a reputation for teaching excellence, bold international initiatives and transformational partnerships with business.
We are the fastest growing university in the UK with more than 30,000 students, 3,500 employees and a turnover of £330m. We have multiple campus locations in Coventry, London and Scarborough, with the fourth largest intake of overseas students in the UK, just under 10,000 from over 150 countries.
The University is committed to being world-leading in all that it does and offers academic and professional learning across a range of disciplines including health, design, engineering, performing arts, media, business and computing. The Group also includes companies and social enterprises, which provide a platform for innovation, engagement with the community, and provision of professional services and consultancy.
We are currently undertaking a governance review of the Board and Committees, to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and we now seek several new Governors to join the Board in September 2018. In addition, we seek Members for our Common Boards who will provide entrepreneurial leadership and be responsible for the long-term success of our commercial activities. These positions carry a lighter involvement and time commitment than Governors. Governors will be required to join one of the Board’s Committees and potentially Chair a Common Board.
We are keen to appoint individuals with significant skills and executive experience on a similar, or larger scale, than the University with substantial expertise in a number of areas, in particular, international operations, research and development, social sciences or biotech, media, arts or humanities, investments and divestments and technology. Governors and Board Members are critical in helping us to build relationships with industry partners both in the UK and internationally.
Governors and Board Members are appointed for a fixed term of three years, with the option to serve a further term. For Governors the annual time commitment is approximately 20 days to include six board meetings, two facilitated strategy half-day sessions and on occasion, to attend by invitation, other formal and informal meetings and events as an ambassador or representative of the University. The time commitment for Board Members involves a lighter commitment of 10 days per year.