Introduction

Harrow College and Uxbridge College merged formally from 1st August 2017.  The Colleges are now officially part of the same organisation and work together to provide the best opportunities to students and trainees, while keeping their individual names and campuses.  In addition to the two constituent colleges – Harrow College and Uxbridge College – HCUC also includes a dedicated employer services and partnerships unit, known as WestMetSkills.  WestMetSkills serves as the externally focussed training arm of HCUC.  To reflect the enlarged remit of the Corporation overseeing the newly merged colleges and training arm group, the Corporation has been renamed formally as HCUC.

The Members of the Corporation (also known as Governors) represent the interests of the local and wider community that HCUC serves.  The HCUC Corporation is responsible for the quality of service to its participating students and trainees and their welfare, the financial health of HCUC, the proper use of public funds and for ensuring effective management.  The Corporation aims to ensure that HCUC is successful in all of these areas.  One of the duties of the Corporation is to determine the mission of the college and to ensure that there are effective means of monitoring whether college management is fulfilling the mission.

Mission

We create choice, opportunities and success.  Your future is our priority.

Public Value Statement

Our aim is to meet the education and training needs of learners, employers and the wider community, raising skills levels, contributing to economic growth and maximising individual potential.

Our values

Celebrating success runs through all values:

  • Commitment to Excellence  – Outstanding quality and responsiveness
  • Diverse and Inclusive – Shape lives and build futures
  • Enterprising and Responsive – Forward thinking
  • Sustainable  Create a sustainable future and environment
  • High Expectations  'Be the best you can be'
  • Strong and Effective Leadership  Professional and accountable with integrity

Please click here to view the HCUC Strategic Plan 2018-21.


Nolan Committee

The Committee on Standards in Public Life, chaired by Lord Nolan, published a report in May 1996 that identified seven key principles for those serving in public life.  These are:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

All governors must uphold high standards of public conduct.  Governors must ensure that there are no conflicts of interest on any matters being considered by the governing body where a governor’s independent judgement could be affected in any way.  Please click here to view the Code of Conduct of the Corporation.


Membership of the Corporation

The HCUC Corporation has 16 members, and includes people from a range of backgrounds reflecting the communities that HCUC serves.  In addition, regular skills audits and periodic reviews of the membership ensure that the HCUC Corporation is mindful of maintaining an appropriate skills mix when new or replacement appointments to the Corporation are made.

The HCUC Corporation is made up of members within the following categories of membership:

  • 12 External governors
  • 2 Staff governors
  • 2 Student governors
  • The Group Principal & CEO

Please click here to view a copy of the Current Corporation Members.
Brief pen-portraits are also attached for each of our HCUC Governors.  Please click here to view the Governors' Pen Portraits.


Committees

As of August 2017, the HCUC Corporation has the following committees which meet to focus on specialist areas and make recommendations to the main board:

  • Resources
  • Quality, Curriculum & Students
  • Audit
  • Search
  • Remuneration


The Search Committee

The Search Committee advises the governing board on the appointment of governors - and on any other matters relating to membership and appointment that the governing board delegates to it.  The committee consists of relevant members of the governing board.  Governors cannot be appointed by the governing board until the advice of the search committee has been sought - except in the case of the Group Principal & CEO and elected governors (staff and student governors).  Each governing board is expected to produce terms of reference and to make rules for the conduct of its search committee, and to publish the search committee's advice to the governing board, (see link to Search Committee minutes below).  Please click here to view the Search & Governance Committee Terms of Reference.


Stakeholder & Scrutiny Committees – Harrow College and Uxbridge College

When the two colleges merged from 1st August 2017, it was agreed that in addition to the HCUC Corporation Board and Committees, there needs to a mechanism for both Harrow College and Uxbridge College to work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the education and training offer of each College is relevant, appropriate and responsive to the needs of their local communities.  To this end a Stakeholder & Scrutiny Committee (SSC) has been established at each College.  These SSCs are advisory in nature and advise the HCUC Corporation and the Principal of each College on:

  1.   The educational character of Harrow College / Uxbridge College
  2.   The needs of local stakeholders
  3.   Strategies to respond to local needs
  4.   Strategies to improve the performance of the College

Please click on the links below to access:

  Current Harrow College Stakeholder & Scrutiny Committee members

  Current Uxbridge College Stakeholder & Scrutiny Committee members


Access to Governing Body Business

Minutes of every meeting of the HCUC Corporation and any document, report or other paper considered at these meetings with the exception of confidential items* are available to the public.·
A link to recent minutes from Corporation and Committee meetings is included below.  The records prior to August 2017 are held in the name of each respective college, as original records of the pre-cursor organisations to HCUC.
(* In some instances information from Corporation and committee meetings will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information; information that may damage the commercial interests of the college or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.)


Public Access to Meetings

The HCUC Corporation, or the Chair on its behalf, may at its discretion invite persons who are not members of the Corporation or the Clerk to attend Corporation meetings, Committee meetings or parts of meetings.  Any such invitations will be issued through the Clerk who shall stipulate the portion of the meeting which the person may attend.  Such persons may only speak if invited to do so by the Chair of the Corporation or the Committee.  The presence of such persons, and the point in the meeting at which they left, shall be recorded in the minutes.

Policy on Access to Governing Body Business

Minutes from Corporation Meetings


Minutes from Committee Meetings

Resources

Quality, Curriculum & Students

Audit


Timetable of Corporation & Committee Meetings 2018/19 Academic Year

 

The full Corporation meet on the following dates during 2018/19:

2018/19 Corporation Meetings

September 2018

Tuesday 25th at 5:30pm

December 2018

Tuesday 11th at 5:30pm

March 2019

Tuesday 19th at 5:30pm

May 2019

Tuesday 21st at 5:30pm

July 2019

Tuesday 9th at 5:30pm

Please click here to view the Full Timetable of Corporation and Committee Meetings 2018/19.

For more information

Please contact:
Tracy Reeve
Clerk to the Corporation
via 01895 853375
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