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Legal and Governance

In this section you'll be able to find all our information regarding governance. You can also find our policies for Freedom of Information, Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding.

Who are we?

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a higher education corporation, established under the Education Reform Act 1988. As an institution, we've existed since 1887, and were granted status as a higher education institution in 2000 as the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (AIB) in accordance with the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Following the award of our own taught degree awarding powers by the Privy Council in 2008, we formally adopted the status of The Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB) on the 1 July 2009. On 7 December 2012, with a change to legislation, the Privy Council awarded AUCB full university status and the institution adopted the title Arts University Bournemouth.

The Board of Governors is the University’s governing body, established in accordance with the University’s Instrument and Articles of Government and from which the Board derives its powers.

The majority of its members are drawn from outside the University and are referred to as independent members, although staff and student members are also elected to the Board as co-opted members. The Board comprises 17 members including the Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

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Board of Governors

The current Board of Governors – including term of office

In order to discharge its obligation to be unambiguously and collectively accountable for institutional activities and make all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern within its remit, the Board has established the following committees: Audit and Risk Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Human Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee and Search and Governance Committee.

The Board of Governors has established a Remuneration Committee to consider the pay and total emoluments of the University’s senior postholders.

The Remuneration Committee determines the conditions of service and remuneration of the Principal and Vice Chancellor; and assures itself that the University’s employment policies in relation to other senior postholders are appropriate.

Remuneration Documents:

Minutes of Remuneration Committee:

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, through the University Leadership Team, is responsible for the executive management of the University, supported by a number of executive committees.

The Academic Board is the University’s principal academic authority. Subject to the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the Academic Board has oversight of academic activities, including: assessment, learning and teaching; and research/knowledge transfer and scholarly activity. The Faculty Boards are responsible to the Academic Board for overseeing academic activities in each faculty.

The University’s governing documents – equivalent to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of a registered company or the Charter and Statutes of a chartered institution – are the Instrument and Articles of Government.

Instrument and Articles of Government

In addition, the Board of Governors of the University has adopted the following statement of its primary responsibilities:

Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Financial Information

Information about the University’s finances and its audited financial statements can be found on the Annual Report and Accounts page. The emoluments of the Vice-Chancellor are disclosed in Note 6 of the Financial Statements.

Arts University Bournemouth is a values-led organisation. We are committed to the highest ethical standards in all our activities. We endorse the Nolan Principles for conduct in public life (Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership), and expect all staff, students, Governors and external visitors to act in accordance with these principles.

Adherence to the Code of Ethics is fundamental to the reputation of the University, as well as its organisational behaviours, and its success. All staff and students are expected to abide by the Code, and its implications, at all times. This Code sets out our key ethical principles across all aspects of university life, and the policies and guidance which put these values into practice in the running of the University.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We're committed to providing a working and learning environment founded on dignity, respect and equity

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Universities of Bournemouth Suicide Prevention Strategy

AUB is a member of the Dorset Suicide Prevention Alliance and has signed up to the Pan-Dorset Suicide Prevention Strategy

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Mental Health Charter

AUB aims to promote good mental health in staff and students, reflecting our values, sense of belonging and connection in our community.

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Overview of our legal policies

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We have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of students, including those who are young and vulnerable at AUB

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Freedom of information

Our plans, strategies, rules, regulations and policies are all available for download in the Freedom of Information section