Further Education Colleges were incorporated under The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (FHEA). On 31st August 2017 City of Westminster College and the College of North West London, merged to form United Colleges Group. The College Group is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011. The Corporation (governing body), through the Executive, provides strategic leadership to the College Group. It operates within the powers provided under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992 and subsequent education legislation and in accordance with its Instrument and Articles of Government. These set out the Corporation’s composition, internal powers, responsibilities, duties, and procedures. The Corporation has also agreed on rules for the conduct of business which are known as Standing Orders.
In setting and reviewing the College’s strategic objectives, the Corporation has had due regard for the Charity Commission’s requirements on public benefit. In delivering its mission, the College provides the following identifiable public benefits through the advancement of education:
The Corporation is responsible for:
The Corporation meets approximately each term. Governors have agreed that members of the public may be able to attend all or part of these meetings. If you are interested in attending any meeting to observe the business of the College Group’s
Corporation, please contact the Director of Governance on 020 7258 2952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Corporation has the power under the Articles of Government, to delegate certain functions to the CEO and to its committees. The Corporation conducts its business through a number of committees. Each committee has terms of reference which have been approved by the Corporation.
Minutes of committee meetings, except those deemed to be confidential, are available from the Director of Governance by emailing email@example.com or at the following address:
United Colleges Group
Paddington Green Campus
25 Paddington Green
We are always keen to hear from people who might be interested in joining the Corporation. All Governors offer their time voluntarily and are expected to attend not only formal Corporation and relevant Committee meetings but also training events and less formal occasions such as exhibitions and performances. The responsibilities are considerable but the value of contributing to the success of the College Group and especially of its students is immense.
The appointment of new Governors is a formal process based on clear criteria, set by the Search and Governance Committee. We seek a balance of skills and experience to enhance our operation and we review our specific needs whenever a vacancy arises.
Experience of the FE sector is not a requirement but some familiarity with current issues affecting FE would be helpful. We positively welcome applications from women, disabled people and those of ethnic minority background.
If you might be interested in contributing as a Governor to United Colleges Group now or in the future, do contact the Director of Governance on 020 7258 2952 to discuss any opportunities informally.
A register of Corporation Members' (Governors) and senior managers’ interests are maintained and can be inspected upon request to the Director of Governance on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 258 2952
The Corporation requires all Governors to comply with its Code of Conduct for Corporation Members.
Chair of Corporation
Vice Chair of Corporation
CEO, Group Principal and Governor
Co-opted Staff Governor