Governance and leadership
AECC University College operate within frameworks set by Government, regulators and our own internal policies and procedures. Our Governors and Executive Board ensure that external and internal objectives are met, monitored and achieved.
Read the University College Strategic Plan for 2016 - 2021 which has been reviewed and approved by AECC University College's Board of Governors. You will also find our education strategy and income and expenditure reports.
Our quality framework outlines the policies and procedures to ensure maintenance and enhancement of the quality of our academic standards and student experience.
Here we outline our Governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in the leadership of the AECC University College.
The University College is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It is governed by its Articles of Association which were last amended in August 2017.
Gender Pay Gap Report 2020
The University College has grown to over 250 members of staff. This means that we must submit a gender pay report to the government and publish this report ourselves by 30th March each year.
The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women across an organisation. It is different to equal pay, which assesses the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same jobs, similar jobs or work of equal value.
AECC University College is committed to the principle of equal pay for equal work for all of its staff. Whilst our gender pay gap reporting indicates that in terms of the average level of pay between our male and female employees overall is something that we need to improve on, as part of a comprehensive review of our pay arrangements recently undertaken by an independent specialist adviser, we are confident that we have no significant differences in place in terms of men and women carrying out the same/similar roles and/or work of ‘equal value’. This being reinforced by our implementation of a job evaluation scheme which allows us to consistently and transparently compare roles across the organisation and associated pay benchmarking review, an exercise which will be repeated at regular intervals.
The results shown in the 2020 gender pay gap report present us with challenging opportunities going forward. As a new University College we are progressing various workforce development plans, which include narrowing the gender pay gap as a major focus, and moving away from the historical context of the make-up of our employees.
Our Academic Board
The Academic Board is the University College’s supreme decision-making authority for all academic governance matters including oversight of the maintenance of standards and quality enhancement, and academic regulations, policies and procedures. Academic Board discharges its responsibilities in part through standing committees and sub-committees, and delegates authority to Assessment Boards for decisions on individual students in terms of their internal progression and award of qualifications.The Academic Board reports to the Board of Governors.
The membership and terms of reference of the Academic Board and its committees show how these responsibilities are discharged and reported. All key academic committees include student and elected staff representation. The academic committee structure was reviewed and revised in Spring 2020 and updated to reflect management role changes in September 2020.
Our institutional management and structure
Implementation of the strategy and policies approved by the Board is the executive responsibility of the Principal and the Executive team. The Principal is Chief Executive of the College with powers delegated by the Board to lead and manage the institution aligned to the College’s strategic plan. The Principal is supported by the Executive Team and a number of Management Groups:
- Senior Management Group
- Premises and Estates Group
- Clinical Governance Group
- Clinic Advisory Group Marketing Group
- Human Resources Policy Group
- Health and Safety Committee
For more information on how our University College is organised and managed please view our institutional structure.