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Board of Governors membership consists of independent members, who must make up the majority of the Board, in addition to staff and student representatives and a nominee from the local council and a representative with a specialist background in education.

Independent governors and staff representatives are appointed for a three-year term and can serve a maximum of three terms. The student representatives change every year as these are ex-officio posts attached to the roles of the President of the Students' Union and the Student Representative Officer. 

Meetings of the Board of Governors and its associated Committees are serviced by the Legal and Governance Team. Meetings of the Board take place usually six times per year.

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors must be independent governors, although they are elected by the whole of the Board. Find further information about the Board of Governors, including its membership and committee structure.

The People and Remuneration Committee will be happy to consider any suggestions for the independent member category. The names of suitable individuals with Sunderland/regional connections would be especially welcome. The University is committed to promoting principles of Equality and Diversity to achieve balance within the overall membership of the Board. It would therefore welcome the nomination of members of currently under-represented groups on the Board. Suggestions should be submitted in writing in an envelope marked “strictly confidential” to Andrea Walters, Chief Operating Officer, University of Sunderland Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD.

Published: 12 June 2024