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Board of Governors

The University's activities are overseen by a capable and highly motivated Board of Governors. The independent members of the Board of Governors and its supporting committees bring a broad variety of skills and experience, usually gained at senior levels within either the private or public sectors.

The Board has overall legal and constitutional responsibility for the conduct of the NTU's affairs in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government.

The Board of Governors seeks to conduct its affairs in accordance with recognised good practice in corporate governance. In pursuit of that objective, the Board has formally adopted the Governance Code of Practice published by the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), embraces the Nolan Principles and complies with the Office for Students Public Interest Governance Principles.

The Board of Governors has approved and adopted a formal Code of Conduct which sets out the principles governing the conduct of its members and the members of its supporting committees.

The primary responsibilities of the Board of Governors are available to download.

The Board is supported by committees which undertake specific tasks on its behalf, in accordance with their respective terms of reference.

The University commissioned Advance HE to undertake a formal Governance Effectiveness Review during 2018. This concluded that the standard of governance at the University is very good, noting that where recommendations or suggestions were made, these were designed to build upon existing good practice. The report is available here.

Minutes of Board of Governors meetings

The Board of Governors usually meets four times during each academic year. The confirmed meeting dates for the Board of Governors are listed below and the minutes of the meetings are published following approval by the Board.





  • 29 September 2020
  • 24 November 2020
  • 9 February 2021
  • 23 March 2021
  • 7 July 2021

Attendance at Meetings

The attendance rate of Trustees at formal meetings of the Board of Governors and its supporting Committees during the 2019/20 academic year is shown below:

Board of GovernorsAudit and Risk Management CommitteeEmployment Policy CommitteeMembership and Nominations CommitteeRemuneration CommitteeStrategy, Policy, Finance and Resources Committee
88% 100% 92% 80% 100% 81%

Governors’ Personal Expenses

Members of the Board of Governors (the Trustees) are not remunerated for their role on the governing body. The University will meet the cost of travel and subsistence expenses incurred by Trustees in attending Board of Governors and Committee meetings and associated events in their official capacity.

A breakdown of the personal expenses paid to or on behalf of the Trustees in 2019/20 is show below:

£2,636.75 Nil Nil Nil £2,636.75

A breakdown of additional expenditure paid directly by the University on behalf of Trustees in 2019/20 is shown below:

£28.30 £164.90 £1,493.00 £295.00 £27.46 £2,008.66

Membership opportunities

Members are appointed for fixed periods. When vacancies occur, the University is keen to recruit new members who can make a similarly positive contribution to the future development of the institution.

Candidates for appointment to the Board or its committees should be prepared to commit time in applying their skills and experience to the governance of the University and, in line with its strategic aims, be proactive in putting forward the University's case as regional, national and international ambassadors.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board or its committees, you should contact the Clerk to the Board of Governors for further information.

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