The principal responsibilities of Glyndŵr University’s Board of Governors are set out in its Statement of Primary Responsibilities.  These responsibilities are consistent with Glyndŵr University’s Instrument and Articles of Government.

1. To approve the educational character, the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term academic and business plans and key performance indicators, and to ensure that these meet the interests of stakeholders.

2. To delegate authority to the Vice Chancellor, as Chief Executive, for the academic, corporate, financial, estate and human resource management of the institution. To establish and keep under regular review the policies, procedures and limits within such management functions as shall be undertaken by and under the authority of the Vice Chancellor as Head of the Institution.

3. To ensure that there are arrangements in place for effective academic governance and the quality and standards of educational programmes.

4. To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, appointment of auditors, and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.

5. To approve annual estimates of income and expenditure and also approve student tuition and other fees payable to the Institution within the overall framework for such fees that may be from time to time in force within Wales.

6. To ensure processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the University against the plans and approved key performance indicators, which should be, where possible and appropriate, benchmarked against other comparable institutions.

7. To establish processes to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the Board of Governors and its committees.

8. To conduct its business in accordance with best practice in higher education corporate governance and with the principles of public life drawn up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

9. To safeguard the good name and values of the University.

10. To appoint the Vice Chancellor as Chief Executive, and to put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance.

11. To appoint a Clerk to the Board of Governors and to put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance. In addition, to ensure that, if the person appointed to the post of Clerk has managerial responsibilities in the University, there is an appropriate separation in the lines of accountability.

12. To be responsible for the appointment, assignment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the Vice Chancellor, the Clerk to the Board and holders of senior posts as the Board may determine after consultation, where appropriate, with the Vice-Chancellor.

13. To be the employing authority for all staff in the University and to be responsible for establishing a human resources strategy and a framework for the pay and conditions of other staff which draws on best practice in ensuring that equality and diversity principles underpin all policies and procedures.

14. To be the principal financial and business authority of the University, to ensure that proper books of account are kept, to approve the annual budget and financial statements, and to have overall responsibility for the  University’s assets, property and estate.

15. To be the  University’s legal authority and, as such, to ensure that systems are in place for  meeting all the University’s legal obligations, including those arising from contracts and other legal commitments made in the institution’s name.

16. To make such provision as it thinks fit for the general welfare of students, in accordance with the University’s responsibilities to ensure best practice in promoting equality and diversity, in consultation with the Academic Board.

17. To take such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that the Students’ Union operates in a fair and democratic way and is accountable for its finances.

18. To act as trustee for any property, legacy, endowment, bequest or gift in support of the work and welfare of the University.

19. To ensure that the University’s Instrument and Articles of Government together with standing orders are followed at all times and that appropriate advice is available to enable this to happen.


Key individuals as at July 2019

Chair of the Board Ms Maxine Penlington
Vice Chair Mr Paul Barlow
Chair of Strategy and Finance Committee Ms Judy Owen
Chair of Audit Committee Mr Paul McGrady
Chair of Human Resources Committee Professor Sandra Jowett
Chair of Nominations and Governance Committee Ms Maxine Penlington
Chair of Remuneration Committee Professor Sandra Jowett