Becoming a Governor
Are you interested in becoming a Governor of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)?
We are always interested to hear from people who believe they have skills and experience to offer as Board members. As an organisation which values equality, diversity and inclusion very highly, we are keen to encourage applications from all sections of the community.
RNC is a specialist residential college of further education and training, which exists to develop the independence and potential of people who are blind or partially sighted. It caters for around 150 students a year (aged 16 to 60+) from all over the country with a few from overseas. A significant minority of students have additional disabilities. Funding for students comes from the Educational Funding Agency, local education authorities, the Department of Work and Pensions and private sources.
Other areas of activity include providing an Access Centre which undertakes assessments for prospective students and, more generally, in relation to work preparation programmes and access to work arrangements. The College also offers a range of support services to organisations which require assistance in addressing the needs of people with a visual impairment.
The College campus not only houses the teaching, residential and ancillary accommodation but also an international standard sports, leisure, health and relaxation centre, and conference facilities. The centre, called thePoint4, is widely used by the community as well as students and is being developed as a hub of excellence for blind and other disability sports. ThePoint4 was proud to host the hugely successful 2010 World Blind Football Championships and the 2015 European Blind Football Championships.
The RNC Sports Academy is the first of its kind in the UK, a specialist sports academy specifically for those with visual impairments. Student members of the Sports Academy enjoy a range of sports including blind and partially sighted football, goalball and golf. Boccia, cricket, netball, athletics, judo and many other sporting opportunities are available to all students.
Additional developments include the dance/drama suite for student performances, a music/video production studio, a developing community arts centre and the Cisco Academy, which offers students the opportunity to develop highly sought after networking expertise.
The role of governors is outlined in the pages below;
This is a voluntary role requiring energy, motivation and a commitment to attend around ten meetings each year. Our governors have a variety of backgrounds and use their combined experience and strategic thinking collectively to make a crucial contribution to the future of the College. Independent members are drawn from a range of backgrounds including business, education, the law, finance and property management.
Whilst Governors do not receive remuneration, reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings will be reimbursed.
Personal qualities required to be a governor
Governors should be able to:
- think strategically
- apply their specialist knowledge creatively in debate and decision-making
- be constructively critical and evaluative
- respect the distinction between governance and management
- be a good team player
- show empathy for other Governors, the Executive, staff and students.
The College is an equal opportunities organisation and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. Governor appointments are subject to eligibility checks and a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Training and development
RNC is committed to providing new and existing Board members with the training and development they need to discharge their responsibilities effectively and confidently. A full induction programme is tailored for each new governor, whilst regular training and briefings are available for governors throughout the year.
How to apply
Please complete the form below and return it with a covering letter explaining why you would like to become a Governor of RNC, to Linda Henry, Clerk to the Governors, Royal National College, Venns Lane, Hereford HR1 1DT or email Clerk@rnc.ac.uk Alternatively phone Linda for an informal discussion 01432 265725.