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The Instrument and Articles of Government

The College’s Governing Body has recently undertaken a review of its key constitutional documents: the Instrument and Articles of Government. It has consulted with senior management and now it would like to hear your views on the changes that are proposed. The consultation draft is available to download from this web page and all proposed changes are marked in red.

Two changes are proposed to the Instrument:

(1.) an amendment to the definition of “the Executive”, to bring it in line with the practical changes the Corporation agreed to in June 2016 as part of the Executive team restructure.
(2.) The addition of a paragraph confirming that the Corporation may act notwithstanding a temporary vacancy in the office of staff or student governor.

More significant changes are proposed for the Articles. Detail has been added around the roles and responsibilities of the Principal, Provost and the Academic Board. The changes implement advice from the College’s solicitors as well as decisions of the board, as you will see from the published minutes of the Corporation’s 2 February 2017 meeting.

The Governors warmly welcome your views on the consultation draft, copies of which will also be displayed on notice boards around the College and will be available from the Clerk to the Corporation on request.

This consultation will close on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and the Governing Body will then give consideration to all consultation responses with a view to adopting new versions of the Instrument and Articles of Government at its 8 June 2017 meeting. Responses to this consultation should be sent to: the Clerk to the Bradford College Corporation, F Floor, Old Building, Great Horton Road, BD7 1AY, or emailed to: A summary of responses will be published in due course.