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Independent members

Independent members


Applications are invited to join Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Board of Governors.

Inspiring, Transforming, Enabling and Sustaining

Wrexham Glyndŵr University invites applications from individuals who are able to make a substantial contribution to the work of the Board of Governors.

Glyndwr University is a young and ambitious university having been established in 2008 in response to the social and economic needs of the region, building on the strong links its predecessor institutions had developed with employers over the previous 120 years. The university’s main campus is in Wrexham in North East Wales, with campuses at Northop and St Asaph in North East Wales. We also have a significant and growing presence in transnational education, offering our programmes to students around the world through franchise partnerships, as well as through a suite of online postgraduate programmes. 
In recent years we have made real progress in establishing the university as an anchor institution in the region working to our Vision and Strategy 2025 in which our core values are enshrined: accessible, supportive, innovative and ambitious. We are recognised as the top university in Wales and the wider UK HE sector for social mobility, helping students from diverse backgrounds to fulfil their ambitions. We have research strengths in Engineering, Health, the Arts and Social Sciences. We are transforming our campuses and our digital capability in line with our Campus 2025 Masterplan.
The Vision and Strategy responds to the changing landscape of higher education in Wales and the UK and guides the university in building on past achievements and furthering our partnerships – with students and staff, in education, in innovation and research. We are committed to continuing to build an academically vibrant and sustainable university for the region and beyond, that inspires and enables current and future generations of students, transforms people and places and drives economic, social and cultural success.
New Independent Governors
We are currently looking to appoint new independent governors who share our core values, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and provide a broad range of skills and experience. Such skills and experience gained at a senior leadership level may include, but are not limited to, financial management, audit/risk, capital development, higher education, workforce development, corporate strategy development, marketing/communications. It is a given that individuals will bring a commitment and a passion to the role which aligns with our values, our vision, our mission in respect of supporting social mobility and the place where we are based.
Key attributes of governors include the ability to question intelligently, debate and challenge constructively, listen sensitively to the views of others inside and outside of meetings and offer sound and wise advice to the university executive, working with other governors.
The role of the Board of Governors
The Board of Governors has collective responsibility for determining the University’s educational character, for enabling the University to achieve and develop its mission and primary objectives of learning, teaching, and research, ensuring the solvency of the University and safeguarding its assets.
The Board is made up of a maximum of 20 members, up to 13 of which are appointed from outside the university (independent) alongside the Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive) and staff and student representatives. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board are appointed from amongst the independent governors and the Board will be seeking to appoint a new Chair in early 2022.
The time commitment equates to approximately 10-15 days annually which includes five half day Board meetings, one full day strategy event, and a development day as well as optional social events. Members are also asked to serve on at least one committee of the Board, although consideration can be given to the time commitment that members can personally give.
Being a governor provides opportunities to work collaboratively with existing governors, build professional networks; and play a key role in delivering the long-term vision and strategy of the university.
The term of office is for four years with the possibility for this to be renewed for a second four-year term. Board and committee meetings are normally held during the daytime.
Diversity of the Board
The Board of Governors seeks to maintain a balance of skills, expertise and experience within its membership that enables it to provide appropriate leadership to the University and exercise effective oversight of its affairs. The Board seeks to remove any barriers that might deter people from expressing an interest in joining the board and welcomes expressions of interest from people from all backgrounds for consideration for appointment, with the aim of achieving a balance of membership that reflects the diversity of the University, its activities, and the region.
Our Board is currently gender balanced and we welcome applications from women with the aim of maintaining that balance. We particularly welcome applications from people currently under-represented on the Board including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled applicants.
Process and timings
If you wish to apply to join the Board of Governors, please submit your CV with a covering letter setting out your reasons for your interest in joining the University’s Board, addressed to the Clerk to the Board of Governors. The closing date is Friday 12th February 2021.
The selection process is being overseen by the Board’s nominations and governance committee and will involve an initial meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and an interview with the Chair of the Board and another independent governor, during February/March 2021.
The position of independent governor is not remunerated, however, travel and other necessary expenses incurred carrying out university business will be reimbursed.
Further information may be found on our governance pages and a full role description for governors is also available below. If you would like an informal conversation about the role of governor, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk via e-mail in the first instance to arrange a time for a telephone conversation. 

Further information may be found on our governance pages and a full role description for governors is also available below.

Mrs. Val Butterworth, Clerk to the Board of Governors, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Plas Coch, Mold Road, Wrexham. LL11 2AW.


Role Description for Governors