14 Jul 21


Expressions of interest to be submitted by 10 September 2021

Do you like the idea of being a 'voice' for fellow alumni?

Are you interested in getting more involved with alumni and University affairs?

The University of Winchester is seeking expressions of interest from all members of its alumni to serve as the Former Student Governor on its Board of Governors. The Governing Body plays a critical role in helping to shape the University’s strategy and deliver its mission and the Former Student Governor is one of the key architects in helping deliver this vision.

We believe that the most effective governing body is one that properly represents the multi-faceted nature of our society. We celebrate diversity, equality and difference, and welcome applications from all identities, communities and backgrounds. By joining the Board, you will have the opportunity to bring your knowledge and expertise, not just of your life as a graduate but also from your time as a student, to contribute constructively to strategic discussions and decisions and support the monitoring of the University’s performance.

Winchester remains a thriving institution in the heart of Hampshire, with a mission to be a beacon of educational excellence, sustainability and social justice. Founded in 1840 by the Church of England to train teachers to teach the poor, the University has grown to be an institution with over 8,600 students and world-class research across teacher education, business, health, sport and physical wellbeing, digital technology, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

The University was placed in the top 100 universities world-wide in the first-ever global University Impact Ratings put together by Times Higher Education in April 2019, based on its work in sustainability and social responsibility. The University holds the Social Enterprise Gold Mark in recognition of its excellent work as a social enterprise creating benefits for people and the planet. In December 2018, the University received a Sanctuary Award from UK charity City of Sanctuary in recognition of its initiatives to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and support them in higher education study. Our primary and secondary initial teacher training programmes are rated outstanding by Ofsted (December 2017).

The Board holds five regular meetings per academic year as well as an annual Strategy Day. In addition, the Former Student Governor would be invited join at least one of the six other Board Committees, depending upon vacancies and individual experience. They would also be invited to engage with wider University events including graduation ceremonies. The overall time commitment across the academic year would be approximately twenty-five hours. Meeting attendance by online means will always be accommodated.

The appointment is for an initial fixed term of 3 years, with the opportunity to re-apply for a further two terms.

Appointments are of a public service nature and are therefore not remunerated. However, travel and other direct expenses will be reimbursed.   

Expressions of interest in the position that state how as an alumnus you can contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the University of Winchester should be sent to no later than 10 September 2021. Expressions of interest should be no longer than two sides of A4. Hard copy applications should be sent to:

Alumni Office

University of Winchester


SO22 4NR   

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet with a panel made up of members from the Governing Body, the Executive Leadership team and alumni members from the Alumni Strategy Group.  

If you would like further information about any aspect of the role of a Governor here at Winchester, please contact the Clerk’s office at

The University’s 2030 Strategic Vision can be found here

The University’s Integrated Report and Financial Statements for 2019-20, can be found here

To avoid any potential for conflicts of interest, the Board regrets that it would be unable to consider applicants that are currently employed by or actively involved in other higher education institutions.    

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