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Governance

The Board of Governors of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is unambiguously and collectively responsible for overseeing the Royal Conservatoire’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the Royal Conservatoire’s mission is achieved and the potential of all of its students is realised. The Board of Governors ensures that the Royal Conservatoire complies with the legislative, regulatory and best-practice framework within which Scottish higher education operates. The Board of Governors has ultimate responsibility for the deployment of resources in the Royal Conservatoire and for the strategic plans of the institution. It also has a monitoring role in relation to the overall performance of the Royal Conservatoire, and the Principal is accountable to it for the effective and efficient management of the Royal Conservatoire. The Board of Governors is responsible for the well-being of the Royal Conservatoire’s staff and, with the Academic Board, it is also responsible for the well-being of students and for the Royal Conservatoire’s reputation.

The Board of Governors is also the Board of Directors of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in its capacity as a Company Limited by Guarantee with shareholders.

The membership of the Board of Governors is prescribed by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Order of Council. Within the terms of that Order, the Board must operate with between 18 and 26 Governors, comprised of the following categories:

Lay Governors

Not less than 11 and not more than 19. Within those upper and lower limits, it is for the Board to determine the number of Lay Governors to be appointed.

Ex Officis

The Principal;

The President of the Students’ Union; and

The Vice President of the Students’ Union.

Staff Governors

One appointed by the Academic Board from among the members of the full-time academic staff who are members of the Academic Board;

One elected by the full-time academic staff from among such staff; and

One elected by the full-time support staff from among such staff.

Lay Governors are not remunerated and are appointed to the Board of Governors by the Board of Governors. The Chairman and Vice Chair are elected by the Board of Governors from amongst the Lay Governors. The Board also appoints a Senior Independent Governor from amongst Lay Governors who, amongst other things, leads an annual appraisal of the Chairman’s performance.

The Board of Governors meets in full four times per session and an AGM is held in December of each year. Any Conservatoire student or staff member may attend a Board meeting as an observer – 2 weeks’ notice of such attendance should be given to the Secretary.

Further Information

Detailed information on the work of the Board is provided in the tabs to the right. That information includes the process through which new Governors are appointed. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, or require further information on any aspect of the Board’s work, please contact Ewan Hainey, Secretary e.hainey@rcs.ac.uk