Governors Overview

The governing body known as the Corporation are responsible for the overall functioning of the college. The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 requires that there should be a governing body for any college in the further education (FE) sector.

The governing body of a Further Education (FE) institution exists to represent the interests of the local community in particular and public interest in general. It oversees the way the institution is run and to make sure it delivers what its community needs, in a way that reflects the highest professional and ethical standards, and makes effective use of the resources it has available.

It is accountable for the financial solvency of the institution, its sound management and the quality of the service it provides. Examples of significant policies include financial regulations, human resources, health and safety, equality of opportunity.

The governing body exists to:

  • Ensure the institution thrives as an organisation while maintaining prudent control of its funds and assets
  • Make a significant contribution to what the institution does to ensure the success of its students
  • Help the institution maintain a long-term focus while working on its shorter-term goals and plans
  • Help the institution respond to local requirements within the context of regional and national needs
  • Ensure that the business aspects of the institution's operation prosper.
The Board consists of up to 20 members of diverse backgrounds and has primary responsibility at a strategic level for the education, character and mission of the College and for overseeing its activities, including ensuring solvency and the safeguarding of its assets. Its effectiveness is, in part, derived from it being properly represented, with a right balance and mix of skills and expertise in its members.

The Board meets five times each academic year and membership of at least one of its five committees is also required.

For further information please contact Janet Frost, Clerk to the Corporation, on 0161 785 4255 or by email at janet.frost@oldham.ac.uk.

It is accountable for the financial solvency of the institution, its sound management and the quality of the service it provides