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Uniac has considerable experience in assessing governance effectiveness and suggesting improvements. Strong and effective governance is becoming increasingly challenging in a sector that continues to navigate through significant change and good governance is fundamental to the health of any organisation.
We have undertaken a number of effectiveness reviews (covering the role of the Board and its Committees) which have included, for example – one to one meetings with all governing body members, workshop sessions and the completion of questionnaires as part of the reviews.
We have extensive knowledge of the revised Committee of University Chairs (CUC) HE Code of Governance and relevant effectiveness aids e.g. the Leadership for Higher Education Self-Assessment Tool for Governors. In addition we:
- organise regular training events aimed at non-executives (and executives) on topical and relevant themes – for example, as well as our annual audit forum, we recently ran a value for money event which covered the obligations and responsibilities of the audit committee
- issue regular update briefings aimed at governors and governing bodies
- undertake benchmarking reviews – we recently engaged with thirteen HEIs who contributed to a report on audit committee practices which included, amongst other areas, details on the structure and composition of the committees, skills, induction and on-going training.