Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Student Governors

Influence College policy at the highest level

What is a Student Governor?

Student Governors attend meetings of the College Board of Governors to reflect the views of students at the College’s highest decision making level. Each year, at least one Student Governor will be appointed and they will serve for one academic year.

It is a legal requirement that the College has Student Governors but we believe that student input is vital to the running of the College at all levels. Student Governors are able to give student opinion and thoughts on projects, initiatives, and strategy long before they are put into practice.

What does being a Student Governor involve?

The College Board has 9-10 meetings throughout the year, mainly during the evening. There are also occasionally away days which are all day meetings taking place at a location away from the College, sometimes with an overnight stay. Governors will also need to find time to prepare for meetings by reading through the papers.

Board meetings can cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the College’s buildings and finances to key matters influencing learning and teaching. Prior to each meeting a pack of papers will be distributed for Governors to read in order that the discussion at meetings is appropriately informed.

Being a Student Governor is an unpaid position, however, you can claim for expenses associated with this role.

What does being a Student Governor involve?

Am I eligible?

Any student at the MET is eligible to be a Student Governor if they are nominated by another student.

No formal qualifications are required and training is provided, as well as ongoing support throughout the year.

What are the benefits?

You will learn how the strategy of a further education college is developed and put into practice. Many of the items discussed at Board meetings are highly confidential and sensitive, and you must be prepared to keep this confidence at all times.

Through this role you will also have the opportunity to make personal contacts with a number of influential people. The experience will look great on your CV or UCAS application form.

How do I apply?

At the start of the academic year, students will be asked to nominate their peers. Nominees will then be asked to complete an application form detailed why they think they are a good candidate for the role.

If more than three applications are received, an online election will be held to find the top three candidates. These three will then be interviewed by a small panel of Governors to find the students best suited to the roles.