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Independent members

Independent members

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals who can make a substantial contribution to the work of Glyndwr University’s Board of Governors as independent members.

About the University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a Higher Education Corporation governed by Instrument and Articles of Government and is a charity registered directly with the Charity Commission in Wales.

The University was 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 and in London.

A new Strategic Framework, 2015 to 2020 will guide the University in building on partnerships - with students and staff, in education, in innovation and applied research. The University is committed to building an academically vibrant and sustainable university for North East Wales that meets the needs of future generations of students, underpins regional economic success and is a positive platform for profiling the region in the wider world. 

The Board appointed a new Chancellor, Chair of the Board and Vice Chancellor in 2015/16 who will steer the University through this exciting period of its development. 

The University welcomes expressions of interest from individuals with a range of skills and expertise who are able to make a substantial contribution to the work of the Board and who would support the University’s strategic mission and vision as the University of, and for, North East Wales with a future anchored in delivering inspirational learning to a growing number of students which will be achieved by placing a strong emphasis on partnership, being open to innovation, challenge and ideas.


The Board of Governors

The University’s 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 of Governors, which has a majority of independent members, includes the Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive) and staff and student representatives.

It is entrusted with both public and private funds and its members have a particular duty to observe high standards of governance. This includes ensuring and demonstrating integrity and objectivity in the transaction of the Board’s business and wherever possible following a policy of openness and transparency.

The time commitment equates to approximately 30 – 50 hours annually which includes four Board meetings, one strategy day and a number of development workshops as required. Members are also expected to serve on at least one committee of the Board which would meet between two and five times per year, although consideration can be given to the time commitment that members nominated for membership can personally give.

The term of office is for four years with the possibility for this to be renewed for a second term.

Skills, knowledge and experience

The Nominations and Governance Committee, which is responsible for recommending Independent members to the Board, considers a range of skills, knowledge and experience to ensure there is a balance across the Board as a whole. Members are expected to make their knowledge and expertise available to the Board of Governors and provide advice and guidance to the Board and to the University on a wide range of matters.

Independent members need to bring particular behaviours to the Board of Governors and play an appropriate part in ensuring the necessary business of the Board of Governors is carried out efficiently, effectively and in manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business and charitable status. Members should question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and listen sensitively to the views of others inside and outside meetings of the Board of Governors.

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 applications 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.

The Nominations and Governance Committee welcomes expressions of interest from people with skills, knowledge and experience in a range of areas with a particular interest in and commitment to higher education and the economic, political and social environment in which it operates. 

The Board will have a number of vacancies arising over the coming year, and expressions of interest are invited and welcomed at any time from people possessing a range of knowledge, skills and experience to be considered for vacancies arising both  in the short and longer term.

The position of independent governor is not remunerated, however travel and other necessary and reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

If you wish to express an interest in joining 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, and what you would bring to the role addressed to the Clerk to the Board of Governors.

Role Descriptor for Governors

If you would like to discuss the role or require further information please contact:

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

Tel: 01978 293268

E-mail: v.butterworth@glyndwr.ac.uk

Selection will be via shortlisting and interviews.