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. Please click here to view the Instrument and Articles and Standing Orders for HCUC.
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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.
Celebrating success runs through all values:
Please click here to view the HCUC Strategic Plan 2018-21.
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:
Membership of the Corporation
The HCUC Corporation has 15 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:
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:
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:
Please click on the SSC webpage for further information, including current members: www.hcuc.ac.uk/ssc.
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
Quality, Curriculum & Students
Timetable of Corporation & Committee Meetings 2021/22 Academic Year
The full Corporation meet on the following dates during 2021/22:
2021/22 Corporation Meetings
Tuesday 21st at 4:30pm
Tuesday 7th at 4:30pm
Tuesday 19th at 4:30pm
Tuesday 17th at 4:30pm
Tuesday 12th at 4:30pm
Please click here to view the Full Timetable of Corporation and Committee Meetings 2021/22. DRAFT 2022-23
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