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College frontage taken July 2015

Ofsted April 2013: "Outstanding leadership and management."

Governance & Policy

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:

  • Determination of the educational character and mission of the institution and the oversight of its activities;
  • Approving the quality strategy;
  • 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 and terms of conditions of employment for Senior Postholders and the Clerk, and
  • Setting the framework for the pay and conditions of service for all other staff.


Committee Structure

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

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


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

Corporation Meeting Schedule 2018/19

Becoming a Governor

We are recruiting…

The Corporation is currently looking for new members to join the Board.  We would 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 (

Search & Governance Committee Terms of Reference

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

Becoming a Student 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 able to give student opinion and thoughts on projects, initiatives and strategy before they are put into practice.

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

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