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Applications are invited for Membership of the Board of Management of UHI Moray

UHI Moray is currently looking for six talented and enthusiastic individuals, who have a strong commitment to Further and Higher Education, to join our Board of Management as Independent Board Members.

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At UHI Moray, we are both a university and a community college. We are an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and an assigned college of the Highlands & Islands FE Region. We seek to be at the heart of transformation in the community we serve and for the vast region that we live and work in, but we also have national and international reach as part of a regional university structure.

We are led and overseen by a Board of Management, which in turn is responsible to the Court of the University of the Highlands and Islands - the Regional Strategic Body for the Highlands and Islands, including Moray and Perthshire.

Board members make an important contribution to UHI Moray’s strategic direction, decision-making and continued development, whilst acting as ambassadors for us, communicating our activities to their contacts throughout the local area and beyond.

UHI Moray acts as a regional centre for several key disciplines. We operate dedicated facilities in Elgin, at our Moray Street and Linkwood campuses. Our Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health is an innovative research, education and business hub, the AGB Centre brings together expertise in digital healthcare across the region and the whole of Scotland. We are also home to one of the country’s leading art schools, Moray School of Art, which boasts fantastic access to studio spaces, above average tutor-student ratios and a genuine sense of community. We are drivers of innovation and growth in the region, working in partnership with the Moray Growth Deal designed to maximise Moray’s economic competitiveness. Over the next 10 years current and future residents, and businesses within Moray, will benefit from major investment in projects including a world-class Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus (MAATIC).

UHI Moray is committed to equality and diversity and to ensuring our Board represents the staff, students, and community that it serves. Applications are particularly welcome from women, as well as people with disabilities, LGBTIQA+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Appointees should live, work or study in Moray or have a strong connection to the Moray area.

Applications are sought from individuals who have diverse skills, knowledge and experience in a broad range of backgrounds and sectors, including one or more of the following areas:

  • Further, higher or senior secondary education or the college student experience; or
  • Industry, commerce, finance, accounting, audit, the Third Sector, public service or trade unions; or
  • The Moray area and its relevant needs; and

have other skills, knowledge, experience, attributes or background that the Board determine would add value to their discussions and contribute to their effectiveness. Board membership is an opportunity for self-development whilst contributing to the UHI Moray and the Moray community.

The key requirement is a willingness to give time and energy to assist with the effective governance of UHI Moray. Board members have a duty to build their knowledge and skills, but they are supported in this by the Board Chair, the Clerk to the Board and senior staff. A huge number of resources are also available to support Board members, including written material, newsletters, seminars, and workshops at campus, regional and national level. A comprehensive induction and training programme will be provided on appointment. 

Two of the new Board members will be required to join the Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee, which is authorised by the Board to ensure the delivery of relevant and high-quality learning for students. To this end, the Committee seeks to foster good relationships and ensure that it works in partnership with external bodies to enhance the student experience, including employability and the relevance of learning to industry needs.

Two members will be required to join the Audit Committee, which is responsible to the Board of Management for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of our internal control systems and for providing assurance to the Board on the matters within its remit.

Two members will be required to join the Finance and General Purposes Committee, which is authorised by the Board to ensure that a sound system of internal financial management and control and a robust mechanism for considering financial issues is in place; making recommendations as appropriate.

The role is not remunerated but brings huge rewards to members. Your input can make a real difference to the education and prospects of learners, as well as to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the Moray area. 

Members are required to attend five Board meetings and three Committee meetings per year, as well as undertake relevant training and development. The minimum time commitment is approximately twelve days a year. Reasonable expenses incurred on Board business will be reimbursed.

Appointments will be for four years in the first instance, with the positions available from June 2022. Candidates must not be employees or students of UHI Moray.

All Board positions are subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme (Children’s List) upon appointment. Members are also asked to sign up to the Board’s Code of Conduct and formally register any interests that may have a bearing on their work for the Board. Moray College UHI (UHI Moray) is a Registered Charity and Board members are Trustees of the Charity.

An application pack, including a person specification giving full details of the criteria to be met for the positions, can be found below.

If you would like to find out more about UHI Moray and about the role, please visit the UHI Moray website or contact Elaine Sutherland, Clerk to the Board, by calling 01343 576228 or by emailing moray.board.clerk@uhi.ac.uk.

A more detailed overview of the key things you need to know as member of a college sector board in Scotland can be found within the Guide for Board Members in the College Sector.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday, 3 May 2022. Completed application forms must be submitted via email directly to the Clerk to the Board at moray.board.clerk@uhi.ac.uk 

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An application pack, including a person specification giving full details of the criteria to be met for the positions, can be found below.