HEFCW Governance

We need to be confident that the universities we fund are being run as efficiently and effectively as possible to safeguard the public funds we provide and to be assured they are in the best position to secure their long-term sustainability. For this reason we have an interest in the strength and capacity of the higher education (HE) sector’s leadership, governance and management arrangements.

We seek assurance on the adequacy of those arrangements through our various engagements with the HE sector and individual universities, including institutional risk reviews we undertake as part of our institutional engagement arrangements.

We support the governance and management activities of organisations such as the Committee of University Chairs and Advance HE. We also occasionally produce guidance and information materials of our own for governors and senior management in universities.

Review of the governance arrangements of higher education institutions

In late 2019, we funded Universities Wales to commission a report on the governance arrangements of higher education institutions in Wales. The objective of the review was to enable governors to operate at the leading edge of good corporate governance, in terms of both compliance and boardroom culture. The report is accompanied by a Charter, which sets out the actions for change to further enhance existing governance arrangements. All higher education institutions in Wales have signed up to the Charter, and will implement the accompanying Plan for Action.

Information Toolkit for Governors