About Governance

The University has a Board of Governors, the responsibilities of which are set out in the Instrument of Government. In summary, the Board is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the University and for the effective and efficient use of resources.

General issues relating to the research, scholarship, teaching and courses at the University, including criteria for the admission of students, are the responsibility of Academic Board. It acts in an advisory capacity on such academic matters that may be referred to, or by, the Board of Governors.

Board of Governors

Staffordshire University is a higher education corporation under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988. In exercise of the powers conferred upon it by section 125 of this Act the Board of Governors has made Articles of Government in accordance with which the University shall be conducted. These Articles together with an Instrument of Government in regard to the operation of the Board were approved by the Board of Governors at its meeting held on 24 June 1992 and by the Privy Council on 5 March 1993.

Code of Practice

On 22 March 2005 the Board of Governors formally adopted the CUC (Committee of University Chairmen) Governance Code of Practice and General Principles.

Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Section 3 (i) of the University's Instrument of Government states that the Board of Governors shall be responsible for:

  • the determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities;
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution, and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, assignment, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of holders of senior posts; and
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

In particular the Board will:

  • approve the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and ensure that these meet the interests of stakeholders
  • appoint the head of the institution as chief executive of the institution and put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance
  • ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, clear procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest
  • monitor institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs, which, where possible and appropriate, be benchmarked against other institutions.


The Board of Governors has determined the following membership:

9 Independent members

7 Co-opted members:

• 1 with experience in school education
• 1 teaching staff member elected by the teaching staff as a whole
• 1 general staff member elected by the general staff as a whole
• 1 local authority representative (Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council)
• 2 student members appointed by and from amongst the Student Union Sabbatical Officers
• 1 former student working in business and/or the professions

1 Vice-Chancellor


The Boardhas six Committees.


Agenda and Supporting Papers

Members of staff who wish to see any of the agenda and/or supporting papers considered by the Board of Governors should contact Ian Blachford, Chief Operating Officer and Clerk to the Board of Governors, by email: