To consider amendments to the School’s Instrument and Articles of Government.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
(Vivienne Littlechild, M.B.E., J.P)
13 May 2019
Amendments to Instrument and Articles of Government
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama had recently become a registered Higher Education Provider with the Office for Students (OfS), following the OfS’ establishment as the designated body replacing the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Under the new regulatory framework established by the Higher Education & Research Act 2017, the School’s Instrument & Articles no longer required the approval of the Privy Council; final approval resting with the Court of Common Council. Any changes to the School’s governance arrangements would be a “reportable event” to the OfS.
The School’s Instrument and Articles had been amended recently to remove reference to the Privy Council and HEFCE. There was also a minor amendment sought to the Students’ Union representation on the Board, intended to maximise the opportunity for the student interest to be represented at every Board meeting (a recommendation from the Board’s Governance and Effectiveness Committee).
The Court of Common Council was recommended to consider and approve these proposed amendments, to allow them to reflect the new reporting arrangements.
Resolved – That the proposed amendments to the Instrument and Articles of Government, as set out in the appendix to the report, be approved.