A new Code of Governance – Public Consultation

29 March 2021

IHE has been working with our membership and the sector more widely to develop a new and more flexible Code of Governance which is tailored to the diverse contexts in which the UK’s independent providers of higher education operate – be they micro companies or SMEs, charities or multi-national businesses, pathway providers, subject specialists, OfS registered or not.

Three years into the English sector’s new regulatory framework, and with long-term transformations taking place in how we learn as a result of technological advances and of cultural, societal and economic change, we believe it is vital to strengthen governance for existing and new providers.

We have worked with our partners Shakespeare Martineau to develop a new Code and we are now consulting on the draft text.

The consultation will run for four weeks, and will consider the questions listed below, as well as any further comments that providers, other organisations and interested individuals wish to submit. We would be particularly interested to hear views on areas of focus for supporting guidance for the Code, which we aim to develop during a later phase of this work and in partnership with sector organisations and providers.

Please do get in contact with us directly if you would like to speak further about any aspects of this work. We are engaging directly with institutions across higher education in parallel to this consultation.

Please submit any comments by 23 April 2021 to info@independenthe.com.

We would be particularly interested to hear views on the following areas:

  1. Is the Code an appropriate length?
  2. Does the Code incorporate the foundations of good governance?
  3. Do you have any comments on how the Code differs from the CUC Code?
  4. Do you agree with the ten principles set out in the Code?
  5. Are there any issues or considerations that are not included in the Code? Are there further sections that should be included?
  6. Do you think there should supplementary guidance for the Code? Do you have recommendations for the themes and areas of focus for the guidance? Should that guidance be differentiated by legal and institutional form, or by specific missions or subject specialisms?
  7. Does the Code reflect adequately the requirements of the Office for Students and the public interest principles of good governance?
  8. Would you consider adopting the Code? Please outline the reasons why you would or would not.
  9. How does the Code reflect UK-wide issues and requirements relating to governance in higher education?

If you have any questions about the Code or would like to discuss it further, please do get in touch at info@independenthe.com.