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 Articles of Government define the roles and responsibilities of the governing body, its committees, the principal and the clerk and make provision for audit and staffing matters.

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.

We welcome applications from individuals who feel that they can contribute to strategic debate and the direction of the College, and who are passionate about being part of BDC's journey from Good to Outstanding.

If you think you would be a good fit to help us achieve our goals, 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.

The Corporation & Committee Terms of Reference documents describe the purpose, scope and authority of the committee.

They are available to read via the below links.
Audit Committee Terms of Reference
Corporation Statement of Governance & Terms of Reference
Performance & Standards Terms of Reference
Policy & Resources Committee Terms of Reference
Search and Governance Committee Terms of Reference