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Taking good governance in higher education forward

Students with book Good governance is critical to the effective operation of Scotland’s higher education institutions and to their ability to make a full contribution to Scotland’s success. The Scottish higher education sector is successful because it has a governance system, based around a Code of good governance.

Share your views on good governance

The 2013 Code of Good Governance has been revised through a process of stakeholder engagement which began in the autumn. It is now open for consultation until 21 June 2017. Read the draft Code and respond to the consultation.

Every system is capable of further enhancement and we believe that good governance should continuously evolve. Recognising this from the outset, a commitment was undertaken to review the Code just three years after its publication. This also enables the Code to reflect changes to governance introduced by the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016.



A word from the Chair of the Steering Group

On behalf of the Steering Group, I am pleased to present a new version of the Code for public consultation.

I have been privileged to lead a Steering Group that brings together an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience of governance, from higher education and other sectors, and encompasses all the major stakeholders in Scottish higher education, including trade unions, student associations, alumni organisations and the external voices that are crucial to good governance. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the process so far.

I am confident that this extensive and inclusive review has produced a revised Code that will support good governance in Scottish higher education for many years to come.

I believe it is a truly progressive document, but with firm foundations in established principles of good governance.

Those familiar with the existing Code will find much that has been preserved but also a number of significant changes, reflecting the evolution of higher education governance in a changing context. To help us to ensure that the revised Code meets its aims as well as possible, I would like to invite you to consider responding to this second consultation.

Ian Marchant