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We are seeking a nominee from the higher education (HE) sector to represent the four UK HE funding bodies on the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Academy.

The appointment will be for an initial term of up to three years.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9 October 2009.

About the Board

The Board of Directors has corporate responsibility for the strategic direction of the Academy and for the way in which the Academy manages its business. It is currently chaired by Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. The Board has oversight of business planning and is responsible for monitoring performance against agreed targets. It has overall responsibility for the conduct of the Academy’s finances.

The Board has 14 members: see the current membership list for more information. In the main, membership is drawn from within the HE sector. Two members are appointed by the UK funding bodies in higher education (HEFCE, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department of Employment and Learning (in Northern Ireland)). The current vacancy is for one of these two appointees. HEFCE is leading on this joint appointment on behalf of the four funding bodies.

The Board’s work is supported by five standing committees: Academic Council; Finance and General Purposes; Governance and Nominations; Remuneration; and Audit.

Responsibilities of the nominee

Board directors have legal responsibilities as company directors and charitable trustees.

All Board directors are appointed for a three-year term of office, with the possibility of re-appointment.

The Board meets four times a year. Meetings in 2009-10 have been arranged as follows:

  • 18 November 2009 (London)
  • 3 and 4 February 2010 (York: meeting and away day)
  • 13 or 15 April 2010 (London)
  • 30 June 2010 (London).

Membership of at least one committee, again meeting four times a year, will also be required. It is estimated that membership of the Board and one of its committees will require a time commitment equivalent to approximately one day per month, plus travelling time. There is no remuneration but expenses will be paid.

Criteria

You will understand the challenges and associated needs of higher education institutions in providing the best possible learning experience for all students. This understanding is likely to have been gained in a senior managerial role, for example, pro vice-chancellor for learning and teaching, director of learning and teaching, or a similar role relating to learner development, support or resources.

You will be able to establish good working relationships with other Board members, with Academy staff and with representatives of stakeholder organisations including the funding bodies, Universities UK and GuildHE. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to support and challenge the Academy in its work.

Equality and diversity are an integral part of the Academy's work; a Single Equality Scheme (Adobe PDF) is in place. Nominations from under-represented groups, including those from minority ethnic backgrounds and persons with a disability, are particularly welcomed, because these groups are currently under-represented on the Board.

Appointment process

Those interested in the nomination should prepare a statement no longer than one side of A4 which sets out how you meet the criteria, and provide any other information that you consider relevant.

The statement should be posted to Liz Franco, HE Policy Advisor, HEFCE, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, BRISTOL, BS16 1QD to arrive no later than noon on Friday 9 October 2009. Following shortlisting, the nominee will be chosen by a panel composed of officers of the funding bodies. The appointment will be confirmed by 26 October. If possible, we would like the nominee to attend the November Board meeting.

HEFCE, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, BRISTOL, BS16 1QD, tel 0117 931 7317, fax 0117 931 7203, e-mail hefce@hefce.ac.uk