Appointments to the Board
Our Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. They are appointed on the basis of their expertise in education, or their experience in industry or the professions.
Candidates are identified by the Department for Education (DfE), in consultation with us, using an open recruitment process that is compliant with the relevant guidance issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). The process is overseen by a DfE panel, which includes the HEFCE Chair as a member.
Apart from the Chief Executive, all of the Board members are non-executive.
The membership of the HEFCE Board and members' biographies and registered interests are available.
Conduct of Board business
Meetings of the Board
The Board normally meets seven times a year, usually in London. The Board also has an annual planning meeting to discuss future policy in greater depth.
The Board's decisions are primarily based on advice and information in papers put forward by the HEFCE chief executive. The Board meets in private but its papers and minutes are published on the HEFCE website and there are press statements to promote key decisions. Those decisions include, for example, appointment of the chief executive, approval of the audited accounts, the allocation of funds to institutions, and advice to ministers on higher education matters. The decisions of the Board are implemented by the HEFCE chief executive, who is also a member of the Board. Observers from other funding bodies attend meetings.
HEFCE's Board papers are available.
Impartiality, integrity and objectivity
In all its dealings, the Board observes the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity. It has a 'Code of Best Practice' which sets out the corporate responsibilities of Board members; their responsibilities as individuals including their obligation to declare any personal or business interests which might conflict with their responsibilities as Board members; and the requirement to comply with the principles of openness and accountability highlighted by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.