Independent Member of the Board of Governors (x3) Falmouth University

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About The Role

We are currently seeking to appoint up to three outstanding individuals to our Board of Governors as Independent Members. These are exciting opportunities to make a significant contribution to the future direction of the University. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the University, and has responsibility for ensuring the effective management of the institution, approving its future strategic development and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission is achieved, and the potential of all students and staff is realised. Our Board Members make an active contribution to achieving the University’s objectives, and promote the University’s interests locally, nationally and internationally.

The main duties of the Board of Governors are:

  • The determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities.
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University and the Corporation and for safeguarding their assets.
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure.
  • The appointment, performance, suspension, dismissal, and pay and conditions of service arrangements for the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.
  • Approving the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff.

Falmouth’s status as a leading specialist creative University, headquartered in Cornwall, brings further opportunities and challenges, which the combined skill set of the Board must be able to address. This is an unpaid position, the University will meet all reasonable expenses incurred by Board Members undertaking Board business.

About You

We are looking to hear from candidates who have experience in one or more of the following area's:

  • Start-up ventures - significant executive or NED-level experience.
  • Higher Education – especially senior leadership or policy leadership in either:
  • Future skills for the UK and international Creative Industries; and/or Transdisciplinary study; and/or Digital learning and teaching.
  • Law – especially commercial and employment law.
  • Human Resources – especially with significant experience in incentivisation and reward, and in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

For full details of the position, please click here.
Our Board meets six times per year. The usual expectation is that a minimum of three of the six meetings per year must be attended face-to-face, the remaining three meetings may be attended via video conference.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Board, and encourage applications from candidates whose background, experience and identity will broaden and enhance the balance of perspectives. To be considered, please upload a curriculum vitae and covering letter via the ‘"Apply Online’" button below.
Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Robin Kirby, Secretary to the Board of Governors with any informal queries regarding the role, please email,


About Us

For more than 115 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation, producing headline grabbing journalists, award-winning artists, ground-breaking product designers, agenda-setting film makers, dynamic entrepreneurs and digital pioneers. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design, photography, music and performance to games, computing, writing, business and marketing. Falmouth’s research programmes are built on the principle of open innovation - the idea that the grand challenges of our age can be addressed most effectively when tackled collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries. They focus on delivering impact for lives and economies through the development of new knowledge, solutions, services and products.
More than 5000 students from across the globe study on Falmouth’s two campuses, with access to professional standard environments including state-of-the-art performance and recording studios, some of the best photography facilities in Europe, cutting edge digital manufacturing technology and a TV studio and gallery. Tour our facilities here. As well as the courses that are delivered on-campus in Cornwall, Falmouth also provides ground-breaking online distance learning, through our Falmouth Online portfolio, and exciting partnerships with industry-leading bodies including the Fashion Retail Academy, Eden Project, and WaterBear.
Falmouth University is changing the way Higher Education is delivered. Its future focussed and multi-disciplinary approach means it is planning for the needs of the future economy, ensuring its students have the skills they need to excel in a fast-changing world. Putting real world, real market challenges and hands-on experience at the heart of the learning experience also means that Falmouth’s graduates leave as experienced professionals, accomplished complex problem solvers and strong team players. Falmouth is committed to playing a key role in the economic regeneration of Cornwall. It is building a pipeline of talent, retaining skills in the region and leveraging its capital, network and academic knowledge to foster the generation of high-growth, high-value businesses that will create jobs and attract investment.

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