Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University signed the School Governor Champion Charter in 2021, pledging its support to champion the role of school governor and support staff members and students to become governors in local schools.

The governance programme provides a unique opportunity to shape the lives of young people at school by ensuring all children have the best start in life, with equal opportunity to succeed, all whilst developing your own personal and professional skills through challenging senior leaders, approving budgets and setting the strategic ambition and vision of schools.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a governor – it’s a simple process and once approved there are plenty of resources and dedicated training materials to help you settle into the role. Simply register via the sign-up link at the top of this page, complete a brief application and search for opportunities near you. Your profile can also be seen by local schools and colleges so if it catches their eye, they’ll contact you directly. ​CCCU staff that become school governors, trustees or board clerks can now benefit from up to 20 hours’ paid leave per academic year to carry out governance duties. For instructions on how to submit this on StaffSpace, please contact

“The University has a strong history of working in partnership with schools as well as training many generations of teachers. We are delighted to be able to continue in that tradition by being a member of the Inspiring Governance partnership and by supporting our students and staff to become school governors to serve our communities.”

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

Once you have been appointed as a governor or trustee, request to join our Teams channel: School Governors at CCCU for advice, guidance and topical discussion.

About Canterbury Christ Church University

Inspired by our Church of England foundation, we are strongly committed to transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.

We want to do more than just provide our students with a high-quality education. We also want to work in partnership with our students to ensure they graduate with an understanding of the challenges facing society and our world, and have the skills, commitment and personal qualities needed to help address them.

Our strength in public and community engagement is demonstrated in many ways including through our work to promote volunteering and our rich programme of outreach activities. Since 2017, colleagues and students have contributed more than 20,000 volunteering hours and our outreach work includes major projects to support, inspire and raise the aspirations of young people, including the STEM Hub, Community Lab (in partnership with Pfizer), Inspiring Minds and Epistemic Insight (in partnership with Templeton World Charity Foundation).

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