University launches School Governor initiative

The University has launched a School Governor Initiative to contribute to the leadership and improvement of state schools by engaging staff in school governance roles.

The Merseyside area includes many secondary schools where GCSE, A-level and BTEC results fall significantly below the national average. This presents the University with a challenge in relation to ensuring local children achieve the qualifications required to transition into Higher Education.

Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can be a governor. Governors are required to oversee the long-term development of a school with an average time commitment of 10-15 hours per term.

Both academic and professional services staff have important skills to offer in relation to the management of secondary education. School governance offers the opportunity for staff to support the strategic leadership of local schools whilst also developing invaluable management and skills in a unique and challenging environment.


In other universities across the UK, becoming a School Governor has been shown to have a positive impact for newer staff in terms of developing transferable skills, as well as offering more experienced staff an opportunity to develop skills in new areas such as team working, negotiation, finance, business awareness and increased knowledge of the school sector.

The School Governor Initiative has a number of additional benefits for staff:

  • Enabling you to find a vacancy with a local secondary school, which matches your skills and development needs to the requirements of the school.
  • Providing a staff network for the sharing of best practice in relation to governorship.
  • Formal recognition as a School Governor allows flexibility to attend meetings and promotes the role as a development opportunity.

Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education said “We are delighted to launch this initiative, as it highlights the University’s commitment to our community, raising standards in our schools and offering staff a unique development opportunity.”

Register your interest

Staff who are currently a School Governor or are interested in becoming one can find out more by visiting:

For further questions or queries please contact Head of UK Recruitment, Christine Todd

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