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Notes on the latest Governing and Governance in Education RIG Meeting


Date: Thursday 22 November 2018  

Location: Wesley Hotel, Euston Street, London, NW1 2EZ

There were 20 attendees.

N.B. Peter Wolstencroft of the University of Coventry provided Twitter connectivity for the meeting. He summarised Twitter feedback at the end of each of the morning and afternoon sessions. A compilation of tweets from the day can be found here

The morning session focused on two research studies involving higher education governance.

There were presentations from

  • Alison Wheaton, PhD student, University College London – the processes and practices of governing higher education institutions
  • Filipe Morais, Henley Business School, University of Reading – the role of the independent external governor/director/trustee

Both presentations generated discussion and exploration of related governance concepts.

The afternoon session included a number of elements. Firstly Jacqueline Baxter, Open University gave a presentation on strategic approaches used by multi-academy trusts in England.

Jacqueline, in her capacity as Editor of the journal ‘Management in Education’ considered the possibility of a governance theme in MiE in the future. In summary, if the MiE Editorial Board supports a themed edition, it would be published in 2020. In preparation, Jacqueline requested a proposal by July 2019 which covered a range of governance topics from primary schools to higher education.

A session was provided by Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Head of Research, Education & Employers) and Chris James (University of Bath) with the intention of following up the 2008 University of Bath study on the state of school governance in England. Attendees were asked for their perception of change, development and current priorities for the governance of schools for the period 2008-2018.

Finally, Jan Huyton (Cardiff Met University) and Jane Morris (Governors Cymru Services) provided an account of a pilot of an accredited governor development programme in South Wales. 

Concluding the RIG meeting, Ron Hill on behalf of the RIG, thanked Gillian Alcroft of the National Governors Association for her attendance and contribution since the inception of the Research Interest Group (Governance and Governing in Education) in 2011 and wished her well for pastures new.

Dates for the meetings of the RIG (Governance and Governing in Education) for 2019 will be published following consideration of the BELMAS meetings calendar. It is expected that meetings will be held in March, May and November.

Dr Ron Hill (Convener)
Professor of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Stirling
01478 650378

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