The Code

The Steering Group published the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance in July 2013:

Download the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance (PDF)

In April 2013 the Steering Group published a draft version of the Code which went out to consultation with stakeholders. The draft version can be found here:

Download the Draft Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance (PDF)

A report of the Steering Group’s consideration of evidence may be found under the Evidence  section of this website.


Implementation of the Code

To ensure momentum in its implementation the Committee of the Chairs of Scottish Higher Education Institutions undertook to evaluate progress one year into implementation. The sector has responded quickly to the new governance expectations laid down by the Code. Progressive changes have been made that enhance the sector’s diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and effectiveness. In total over 350 actions have been taken across the sector. The full report on progress with implementation, published in early November 2014, is available for download here:

Download the Implementation Document (PDF)


Policy statement on gender – April 2015

In April 2015 the Committee of Scottish Chairs announced a commitment to a minimum of 40 per cent of both genders amongst the independent members of governing bodies. The extent to which this has been achieved for the sector will be measured in 2018. Read the commitment here:

Download the  policy statement (PDF)


Remuneration committees – guidance note

In August 2015, Committee of Scottish Chairs published a guidance note on the operation of remuneration committees in Scottish higher education. The guidance note considers the work of remuneration committees and is intended to clarify key principles and elements of good practice.

Download the guidance (PDF)