City College Plymouth is governed by the College Corporation. The Corporation is accountable for the quality of the service we provide to our students and how we manage their welfare. It is also accountable for the financial health of the College, including making sure that public funds are managed appropriately. The College Corporation’s responsibilities are laid out in its Instrument and Articles of Government.
What are the duties of the Corporation?
- Defining the College’s strategy – setting aims and objectives.
- Determining and periodically reviewing the educational character and mission of the College and the oversight of its activities.
- Making sure the Principal and staff are accountable for how the College is run.
- Monitoring and evaluating the College’s performance.
- Playing a part in appointing senior College staff and setting the framework for the pay and conditions of more junior staff.
This means that the Corporation is accountable for the College’s financial position and use of public funds, the quality of the education it provides and its wider contribution to the community it serves. To help fulfil these duties, the Corporation takes account of the views of many different stakeholder groups, including students, staff, employers and the local community. Feedback is collected in a range of formal and informal ways.
City College Plymouth currently has nine general governors who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including the public, business and community sectors. The five remaining governors come from the College itself, ensuring that both staff and students have a voice. Their combined experience, expertise and knowledge enable the Board of the Corporation to respond to the College needs and that of the local community and businesses. Governors are unpaid and act in a voluntary capacity.
The Corporation meets seven times a year, including a strategic planning day. There are three committees, which meet on a termly basis: the Audit, Finance and Performance and Standards Committees. Two other committees meet on an ad hoc basis: the Search Committee and the Remuneration Committee.
Public Access to Meetings
Members of the public, including representatives of the press or media, will not be admitted to meetings of the Corporation Board or its committees. In exceptional circumstances, the Corporation or committee may decide to allow public attendance for all or part of a particular meeting. Attendance at Meetings Policy
Note: Members of the public are defined as anyone who is not a member of the Board, Clerk to the Corporation or any student, member of staff or officer invited by the Chair to attend for a specific purpose.
Corporation and committee meetings