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Corporate and Academic Governance at Nelson College London


Corporate Governance Arrangement


THE BOARD OF GOVERNANCE


The Board of Governance is responsible for the oversight of Nelson College London subject to the ultimate authority of the Board of Directors. The Board advises the Principal and directors on strategy, risk, resourcing and employment matters, including the engagement of senior officers. Additionally, the Board seeks to ensure that the College is well-managed and delivering quality education in accordance with the expectations of students, awarding organisations, the Quality Assurance Agency, and statutory bodies.

STRUCTURE


MEMBERSHIP

12 excluding Chair (7 independent and external members and 5 executive members)
Chair: Independent and external

CHAIR

Paul Greaves

NON EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

Paul Greaves
Dr Shorful Islam
Peter Green
Les Caunce
Susan Harris
Aaron Porter
Coral Hill
Sarah Ryan

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

Geoffrey Alderman
Nazim Uddin
Athiqul Islam
Shiraj Islam
Aleksandra Osiniagova

SCHEDULE OF THE BOARD MEETINGS

First Board meeting was held on 09/07/2014
Second Board meeting was held on 22/10/2014
Third Board meeting was held on 11/02/2015
Fourth Board meeting was held on 08/04/2015
Fifth Board meeting was held on 15/06/2015
Sixth Board meeting was held on 15/10/2015
Seventh Board meeting was held on 23/03/2016
Eighth Board meeting was held on 13/07/2016
Ninth Board meeting was held on 16/11/2016
Tenth Board meeting was held on 19/01/2017
Eleventh Board meeting was held on 04/04/2017
Twelfth Board meeting is scheduled for 14/09/2017
Thirteenth Board meeting is scheduled for 07/12/2017

COMMITTEES ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNANCE

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee is responsible for the monitoring of internal control systems and risk management. The members of the Committee meet up twice a year and produce an annual report for the Board of Governance. The Committee is chaired by a non-executive member of the Board of Governance.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee is responsible for the evaluation of yearly budget and accounts. The Committee also assesses the need for major investment and/or capital expenditure. The meetings take place twice a year. The Committee is chaired by a non-executive member of the Board of Governance.

Principal's Executive Group
The Principal's Executive Group advises the Principal on strategic decisions relating to the academic conduct and well-being of the College. Of itself it has no executive authority.

Academic Governance Arrangement

STRUCTURE

ACADEMIC BOARD
The Academic Board is the guardian of academic standards at the College, and of the quality of the student learning experience. The Academic Board reports to the Board of Governance.

Academic Planning Committee
The Academic Planning Committee is responsible for academic portfolio planning and development and for making recommendations to the Academic Board on approval and re-approval of partners, with due consideration being given to the enhancement of quality and standards. The Academic Planning Committee reports to the Academic Board setting out proposals and recommendations for approval.

Programme Committee
A Programme Committee is formed for each HND Programme the College delivers. The Programme Committees report to the Academic Board and are responsible for managing the day-to-day academic quality and standards of the programmes, and for ensuring effective engagement with students on programme-related matters.

Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee
The Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee is responsible for ensuring that the College’s quality assurance systems meet the expectations of the UK Quality Code, awarding bodies, students and other internal and external stakeholders. The Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee report to the Academic Board.

Course Committee
A Course Committee is formed for each London Met Course the College delivers. Course Committees are an important element of the quality assurance and enhancement cycle.

Academic Assessment Panel
The Academic Assessment Panel is responsible for overseeing all assessment decisions and awards at the College including the consideration of requirements for re-submissions and re-sits. The Academic Assessment Panel reports to the Academic Board.

Subject Standard Board
A Subject Standards Board is an Assessment Board for a clearly delineated group of modules which may contribute to one or more courses, responsible to the Academic Board. It shall operate within the University’s Academic Regulations and Procedures and guidelines determined from time to time by the Academic Board.

Progression Board
A Progression Board meeting should be held prior to the commencement of teaching for the academic year two. The aim of the Progression Board is to review the students’ academic performance in order to make progression decisions from year one to year two. The progression Board reports to the Academic Board.

Student Representatives Committee
The Student Representatives Committee provides a forum in which students can express their views on their learning experience at the College. The Student Representatives Committee reports to the Academic Board.

PROFILE OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNANCE

Chair of the Board of Governance:

Paul Greaves

Paul Greaves, B.Sc (Econ), MA, MBA, is a consultant specialising in the management, governance and regulation of higher education. He has advised institutions on corporate governance and the management of change. He has also managed projects relating to the reform of the higher education system following the 2011 White Paper 'Students at the heart of the system' including that which led to the Operating Framework for Higher Education in England published by the Regulatory Partnership Group in 2013. Paul took early retirement from the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2011 where he had been Head of Assurance and prior to that Chief Auditor.

Members of the Board of Governance:

Geoffrey Alderman

Professor Geoffrey Alderman is an internationally recognised authority in the fields of modern history and politics who holds two doctorates (DPhil and DLitt) from the University of Oxford. A prize-winning journalist, Professor Alderman was formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor at the Universities of London and Middlesex. He writes extensively on the management of quality and standards in further and higher education, and is a Visiting Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies.

Peter Green

Peter Green is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and Birkbeck College, University of London; in 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate in Education by King’s College London. In addition to pursuing a successful career as a lecturer in management at HND, professional day-release and postgraduate levels, Dr Green has a wide experience of educational leadership and quality assurance in higher education; he holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and is currently a Reviewer with the UK Quality Assurance Agency. In 2014 he was appointed Principal of London Churchill College.​

Athiqul Islam

Athiqul Islam has a post graduate qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership. He has over 8 years’ experience of working at various levels in Higher Education sector. Currently he is a Director at Nelson College London.

Shiraj Islam

Shirajul Islam, BA Hons (Business Management), BTEC National (Business), is a Director of Nelson College London. He was the Marketing and Admission Manager for 6 years and has been the Head of Marketing for the last 2 years. Currently he is working with local schools; colleges and the council to provide practical work experience. He also helps youths locally and nationally via the BEP group and Scouts.

Aleksandra Osiniagova

Aleksandra Osiniagova, B.Sc Criminology with Psychology from London South Bank University, is working as a Head of Academic Services at Nelson College London. She has a very diverse management experience. She is actively involved with many private and public organisations for research in her field. Her first article ‘Drug use and crime: a common aetiology’ was published in a widely recognised journal.

Nazim Uddin

Nazim Uddin (FCCA, MBA, BSc, BBM) is a Director of Nelson College London. He is a fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a distinguished academic background. Nazim has spent five years as a lecturer at University of East London and is passionate about widening participation at FE and HE sector. He is committed to improving employability and enterprising skills among students from disadvantaged background. He received a gold medal from the president of Bangladesh in 2002 in recognition of his excellent academic achievement in MBA programme.

Les Caunce

Les is an experienced, pro-active and successful Human Resources professional. His history has proved he can lead on human resource change and sensible transformational strategies to secure lasting improvements in highly political, unionised and complex employee relations environments. He is a Director at the Peacock HR Consultancy working with SME's, charities, housing associations, schools, academies and colleges. Les provides advice and solutions on all strategic and operational employment matters, employee relations, recruitment, training, TUPE, case work and pay issues.

Susan Harris

Susan Harris is a certified public accountant and has over 11 years of external and internal audit experience with KPMG both in the US and UK. She has significant experience working with the Higher Education, charity and corporate sectors. She currently specialises in the Higher Education Sector and works across a diverse range of Institutions including Russell Group Universities as well as smaller specialised and private Universities.

Dr Shorful Islam

Dr Shorful Islam is Co-founder & Managing Director at Stream Intelligence, a Data and Analytics consultancy, helping clients to solve business problems through the intelligent use of data and analytics. He has extensive knowledge in the area of data and analytics, having worked with many major brands, in helping them measure the effectiveness of their marketing activity and driving business change. Prior to founding Stream Intelligence, Shorful was Managing Partner, Data and Insights for Wunderman, Head of Data at DDB & Tribal DDB, and Head of Business Information and Customers Data Strategy at ITV. He has also worked across the NHS and Public Sector. Dr Shorful started his career as a lecturer after completing his PhD in Psychology, his dissertation focusing on predicting accidental injuries in children. He also has a B.Sc. in Psychology and a M.Sc. in Health Psychology.

Aaron Porter

Aaron Porter, BA FRSA. He works extensively with universities and other higher education bodies across the UK balancing two primary executive roles with the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and with the Leadership Foundation as well as a number of non executive positions including as an observer to the board of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). He was previously President of the National Union of Students (2010-11) and has served in a non-executive capacity on the board of HEFCE, UCAS, Endsleigh Insurance and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Coral Hill

Coral initially worked as a litigator in private practice, before moving to The University of Law. The major part of her career has been developing distance learning and e learning materials for aspiring and qualified lawyers. Coral is an external governor for Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the academic advisor on the Development and Equality Committee and the e Learning Committee for the Judicial College, and sits on a board for the charity Career Ready UK.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan has a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA with honours in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a background in mergers & acquisitions, investment banking and corporate strategy and has worked in dozens of countries around the world. She consults to leading educational institutions in the US and the UK and manages a property portfolio.

NCLUK Board of Governance Register of Interests

NCLUK Board of Governance Register of Interests