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Governors of the College

The Governing Body is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College. It consists of 21 Governors - two Ex Officio Governors (the Master and the Vice-Master), two Governors representing Academic Board, two representing Academic Staff, one representing Non-Teaching Staff, two student Governors, one Alumnus Governor, elected from among the Birkbeck alumni (the Former Student Governor), and eleven Independent Governors. The Governing Body meets four times a year, normally in September, December, March and July.

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring compliance with the College’s constitutional and regulatory framework and takes all final decisions on strategic matters and issues of fundamental concern to the College.

It also regulates the College’s framework of governance and takes the lead in ensuring its efficacy, looking to Academic Board to act similarly in respect of academic governance and seeking to have in place arrangements that are coherent, internally consistent, proportionate to risks and opportunities and which support the Governing Body and the Academic Board in their roles.

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