Governance

Barking & Dagenham College Corporation

Legal Status

Barking and Dagenham Corporation is a Further Education Corporation established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The highest level at which the constitution of the Corporation is defined is the Instrument and Articles of Government. The legal responsibilities of the Corporation are set out in Articles 3:1:

The Corporation shall be responsible for the following functions:

  • The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities
  • Publishing arrangements for obtaining the views of staff and students on the determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities
  • Approving the quality strategy of the institution
  • The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the institution and the Corporation and safeguarding their assets
  • Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • The appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the holders of senior posts and the Clerk, including, where the Clerk is, or is to be appointed as, a member of staff, the Clerk’s appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of pay in the capacity of a member of staff
  • Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff

The Corporation operates through a Committee structure comprising five Committees which meet regularly and report to the Corporation:

  • Audit Committee
  • Performance & Standards Committee
  • Policy & Resources Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Search & Governance Committee
Corporation Meetings

Corporation Minutes, 28 October 2019

Corporation Minutes, 1 July 2019

Corporation Minutes, 30 April 2019

Corporation Minutes, 11 February 2019

Corporation Minutes, 11 December 2018

Corporation Minutes, 15 October 2018

Corporation Minutes, 2 July 2018

Corporation Minutes, 19 April 2018

Corporation Minutes, 19 February 2018

Corporation Minutes, 11 December 2017

Corporation Minutes, 30 October 2017

Audit Committee

Audit Committee Minutes, 11 June 2019

Audit Committee Minutes, 25 March 2019

Audit Committee Minutes, 3 December 2018

Audit Committee Minutes, 18 June 2018

Audit Committee Minutes, 19 March 2018

Audit Committee Minutes, 29 November 2017

Performance & Standards Committee

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 11 June 2019

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 19 March 2019

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 26 November 2018

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 11 June 2018

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 12 March 2018

Performance & Standards Committee Minutes, 27 November 2017

Policy & Resources Committee

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 26 June 2019

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 25 March 2019

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 29 November 2018

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 18 June 2018

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 19 March 2018

Policy & Resources Committee Minutes, 20 November 2017

Minutes prior to 2017 are available on request.

The Instrument and Articles of Government set out the regulatory framework within which a further education college or corporation operates. They define the legal responsibilities of the governing body, ensuring that it acts legally and they provide the underpinning authority for the proper management of college business. The Instrument outlines the constitution of the corporation, the appointment and dismissal of its members and the conduct of meetings.

The Articles define the powers and duties of the corporation, the principal (chief executive) and the clerk. They cover the responsibilities of the governing body, the role of its committees and they set out the basis for dealing with certain matters including audit arrangements, the appointment and dismissal of staff and student discipline.

The Corporation has established standing orders to further prescribe its operation which are available on request to the Clerk.

You can view the college’s Instrument & Articles of Government here.

If you feel you could contribute to the strategic directions of the College and are passionate about being part of the College's journey please send your CV to the Clerk to the Corporation, Victoria Eastwood.

Please also refer to the fact sheet The Role of a College Governor.

The Corporation is currently looking for new Student Governors to join the Board.

Student Governors attend meetings of the College Board of Corporation to draw upon their own knowledge and experience as members of the student body in order to exercise judgement and make decisions. Student Governors are encouraged to give student opinion and thoughts on projects, initiatives and strategy before they are put into practice.

Find out more about the role and the benefits of becoming a Student Governor here.


If you would like any further information or an informal discussion about the role please contact the Clerk to the Corporation, Victoria Eastwood, via email or on 020 3667 0084.

Useful documents:

BDC Meeting Schedule 19 - 20

Annual Remuneration Statement of Senior Post-holders Remuneration 18-19

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy