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Strategic work with schools

Current initiatives include our work with the UCL Academy, the creation of a school governors network and a consultative sixth form panel.

We work strategically with schools and colleges, including the UCL Academy, to improve transition from school to university, inform our teaching practices and deliver the best possible learning outcomes for our students.

UCL Academy

We were the first university in the country to be the sole sponsor of an academy – a non-selective mixed state school in our home borough of Camden.

Find out more about the UCL Academy

School Governors Network

We are developing a support and training network for the many UCL staff who serve as governors of schools and colleges.

See below for more information.

Sixth form panel

We have established a consultative panel of sixth formers from a range of schools across London, to help us scrutinise and improve our policy and practice.

More information coming soon.

UCL Governor Network

UCL staff who volunteer as school or college governors, or are thinking about doing so, are welcome to join the UCL Governor Network.

The network is a volunteer-led initiative which will provide support and training for the many UCL staff who serve as governors of schools and 6th form colleges, and inspire more staff to take on governor roles. 

Aims of the network

Through this network, we aim to:

  • support staff through training and opportunities to share best practice in order to enhance their skills as governors and deliver the best outcomes for their school or 6th form college
  • advocate for governorship as a voluntary activity, and ensure skills gained through governing are recognised and acknowledged by UCL as enhancing the skills and experience of staff
  • link governors to the latest research and ideas from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to enhance their knowledge and confidence to challenge and innovate
  • be positive ambassadors for UCL with schools and colleges and ensure governors have information about relevant UCL activities, such as undergraduate open days and IOE short courses, to share with their schools or college.

How the network can support you

If you are a governor, or are interested in becoming one, the network can help you by providing:

  • a calendar of knowledge and skills training events to enhance your effectiveness as a governor
  • the opportunity to meet and network with other governors at UCL sharing knowledge and experiences
  • recognition by UCL of professional development acquired by governors to their work at UCL through the Career Framework 
  • access to related information from the Institute of Education, the world’s leading destination for education.

How to join the UCL Governor Network

Sign up to the network via our Moodle site (access key UCLGov19) to:

  • explore the information and training resources
  • connect with other network members
  • share your ideas for network events and support. 

Become a school governor 

If you are not currently a school or college governor but would be interested in taking on this role, you may wish to contact one or both of the following organisations:

  • Inspiring Governance, the national online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors or trustees with schools and colleges.
  • Governors for Schools, an independent charity which recruits volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England.

Governor vacancies may also be advertised directly by schools and colleges, local councils or academy sponsors.

Contact

Julie Rolls 

j.rolls@ucl.ac.uk (ext: 53855)

For further information about becoming a school governor or the UCL School Governor Network.