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College Good Governance Task Group



The Task Group published two reports on 18 March 2016.

Good College Governance: The Report of the Education Secretary’s Task Group

Good College Governance: Supporting Material to the Report of the Education Secretary’s Task Group



(a) Produce an initial assessment of the overall quality and resilience of college governance.

(b) Consider:

  1. the lessons that can be learned for government and the wider sector from governance difficulties, including from events at Glasgow Clyde, North Glasgow and Coatbridge colleges, taking note of relevant recommendations from the Public Audit Committee.

  2. good practice from within the sector and other sectors [health, voluntary, university, business and NDPB sectors; housing associations and college sectors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland].

  3. existing - and planned - college sector and SFC activity to improve governance (including developing the capacity and behaviour necessary), and whether, and if so, in what ways, that might purposefully be supplemented.

(c) Make recommendations by early 2016 on further measures to improve college governance and to instil greater confidence therein.



Angela Constance Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (chair)

David Belsey, EIS

Lynn Bradley, Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University (‘non-executive member’)

John Gallacher, UNISON

Hugh Hall, chair of Colleges Scotland and of Forth Valley College

Laurence Howells, chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council

Liz McIntrye, vice-chair of Colleges Scotland and principal of Borders College

Vonnie Sandlan, president of NUS Scotland

Martin Tyson, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (‘non-executive member’)

Mel Weldon, Scottish Government

Col Baird, Scottish Government (secretary)