We are seeking three exceptional candidates for appointment to our Court of Governors from September 2017. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who are practising artists, designers, architects, and leaders in the creative industries

Governors are expected:
To ensure that the University as a charity complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation.
To assure themselves that the University pursues its charitable objects of the provision of higher education and the undertaking of research.
To ensure that the governing body (known as “the Court of Governors”) exercises efficient and effective use of the resources of the University for the furtherance of its charitable objects, maintains its long-term financial viability, and safeguards its assets,
and that proper mechanisms exist to ensure financial control and for the prevention of fraud.
To ensure that the governing body exercises control over the strategic direction of the University, through an effective planning process, and that the performance of the University is adequately assessed against the objectives which the governing body
has approved.

Further Information
Becoming a governor involves a considerable time commitment. The Court of Governors meets between 4-5 times a year. Meetings start at 4pm and generally last for 2 to 2.5 hours. Governors are expected to attend a one day strategic Away Day in the year. In addition, most external lay governors are members of at least one committee. Committees tend to meet up to three times per annum with meetings
lasting between 1-2 hours. A copy of a standard meetings schedule is available on request.

Governors are also expected to attend a session of the University’s Graduation ceremonies in July; the annual Governors’ Dinner in the autumn; and sessions arranged as part of the Linked Governors’ programme. Governors are also expected to attend some student exhibitions and College/University events each year.

Selection Criteria

Members will have a strong personal commitment to Higher Education and the values, aims and objectives of the University.
Ability at all times to act fairly and impartially in the interests of the University as a whole, using independent judgement and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.
Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort in attending meetings, perusing agenda papers, undertaking an initial and on-going induction, and attending other significant events in the life of the University.
Willingness to participate in procedures established by the Governing Body for the regular appraisal/review of the performance of individual members.
Ability to establish constructive and supportive but challenging working relationships with the University employees with whom they come into contact, recognising the proper separation between governance and executive management, and avoiding involvement in the day-to-day executive management of the University.
Ability to act in the best interests of the charity at all times, ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations and requirements, and to uphold the duty of prudence and care in relation to the University’s business and its present and future beneficiaries.
Ability to fulfil and undertake the trustee responsibilities and duties set out above, and to adhere to the standards of conduct set out above and the University’s Code of Conduct for Governors. The individual must not have any conflicts of interest which would make it difficult for them to participate fully in the charity’s business.
The individual must be eligible to be a trustee at all times.

External governors will have personal and professional standing within the area of expertise for which they have been recruited. Ability to apply a national and international perspective.
Governors are expected to attend all meetings of the Governing Body and of Committees of which they are a member, or give timely apologies if absence is unavoidable.

External Role
Members may be asked to represent the Governing Body and the University externally, and will be fully briefed by the University to enable them to carry out this role effectively.
Members may be asked to use personal influence and networking skills on behalf of the University.

Tagged as: architect, communications/media, practicing artist/designer

About University of the Arts London (UAL)

University of the Arts London (UAL) is the world’s largest specialist university for the study of arts, design, fashion and communication. It has over 19,000 students studying at its six colleges across London:

Camberwell College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts
Central Saint Martins
London College of Communication
London College of Fashion
Wimbledon College of Arts

UAL’s students are from more than 100 countries and almost 50% are from outside the UK. They have one of the most diverse and exciting student communities in London and are rated in the top six universities in the world in their fields. Over the next five years, they shall be investing more than £300 million in new academic buildings in order to enhance the experience of, and opportunities for, their staff and students.


How to apply

Please note that this process is being managed directly by UAL and applications will be viewed by them directly without edits. They will be in touch with applicants within two weeks of the application deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be considered by members of the Court of Governors’ Nominations Committee in May 2017.

UAL is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

For informal enquiries or a conversation about the role please contact Zioge Smith, Deputy University Secretary at z.smith@arts.ac.uk. Applications should be by way of a short covering letter and CV submitted to governance@arts.ac.uk.