Universities are in a unique position – not only nurturing the minds of tomorrow, but working with experts across a range of subjects to support students with their studies. These experts – whether they are academic or support staff – can make a huge difference in their local community by getting involved in school governance. In this blog, we’ll highlight the benefits of UK universities promoting school governance opportunities to their staff, alumni, and students.


Let’s begin by talking about development opportunities for students and alumni

It’s no secret that the job market is increasingly competitive for recent graduates. Now more than ever students, and alumni, need skills and experience that will stand out on their CVs. Encouraging your staff, students, alumni to get involved in school governance can open doors for them when it comes to developing their skills. This includes developing leadership, finance, strategic planning and human resources insight. These skills are highly transferable and can enhance career prospects in numerous fields. 

In the role, school governors must also analyse complex information, consider diverse viewpoints, and make informed decisions that benefit a school. These experiences enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are invaluable in both personal and professional contexts. In addition to this, school governors work with the headteacher and senior leadership team to develop a vision for the school and establish long-term goals, enhancing their abilities to think long-term. Strategic thinking is essential for career advancement, particularly in leadership and management positions. Gaining these skills and experience in a wide range of areas is not only great for career development, but can also be incredibly satisfying.

This personal and professional development is also great for university staff, who can bring their skills and experience into their role within the university.


Fostering community engagement and networking through school governance

Promoting school governance opportunities to staff working in your educational institution also strengthens the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities. This connection can have a profound impact on both parties.

For example, when university members engage in school governance, they help bridge the gap between higher education and primary/secondary education. The knowledge they can bring to a governing board from working in the higher education sector can be invaluable. This fosters a sense of community and shared responsibility for educational outcomes. Your university also becomes more integrated into the fabric of local society, promoting social cohesion and mutual support.

Staff having an active participation in community affairs also enhances the reputation of the university. It demonstrates a commitment to social responsibility, widening participation, and community development, which can attract prospective students who value civic engagement.

Finally, school governance provides a platform for university members to expand their professional networks. Interacting with other school governors, school staff, and community members can lead to new professional connections and opportunities. For students, this can be particularly valuable as they prepare to enter the job market.


Widening participation opportunities through school governance

Promoting school governance opportunities among university staff, students, and alumni also plays a crucial role in widening participation and fostering inclusivity. By involving individuals from diverse backgrounds in school governance, universities can help ensure that school leadership reflects the varied experiences and perspectives of the community it serves. This inclusive approach not only enriches decision-making but also demonstrates a commitment to equity and social justice. Engaging a broader spectrum of voices in governance roles encourages underrepresented groups to become more actively involved in educational leadership, thereby fostering a more inclusive and representative educational environment.


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Promoting school governance opportunities within UK universities yields numerous benefits. By enhancing educational outcomes, fostering community engagement, and supporting widening participation, universities can make a profound impact on the local educational landscape.

We’re proud to work with universities across the UK to help support staff, students, and alumni alike into school governance roles. Find out how we work with universities by visiting our page.