University of Bedfordshire has been working with Inspiring Governance since summer 2019 to promote the school governor roles to students and are becoming a School Governor Champion to strengthen this partnership. The university is proud to be an internationally recognised and award winning institution with a heritage of quality education going back more than 100 years.
At Bedfordshire we are renowned for our vibrant and cosmopolitan student population that includes more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries. We are a modern university that believes in nurturing our students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens, and offer a wide range of degree courses tailored to meet the needs of our students and providing them with transformational opportunities through access to an excellent educational experience.
We lead the way in expanding educational opportunity; more than half of our students come from lower socio-economic backgrounds or from families with no history of participation in higher education. More than a third are mature returners to education and around a quarter are from Black or ethnic minority backgrounds under-represented in higher education.
We were delighted to celebrate a Silver award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and recently came eighth in the UK in the People and Planet University Green League. We enjoy high levels of student satisfaction and were recognised for the quality of our teaching in the last National Student Satisfaction, ranking 9th as the most improved university for teaching (2016 to 2019).
The partnership between the University of Bedfordshire and Inspiring Governance is managed through the Careers and Employability Service. The Careers and Employability Service aims to unlock the potential of students and graduates and enable them to manage their future careers. The services achieves this by supporting personal and career development within the curriculum, the use of online resources, individual guidance and the promotion of opportunities to develop skills and gain experience.
“Partnering with Inspiring Governance will allow us to strengthen our existing relationship and add to the work we are already doing to encourage our students to become school governors. The roles provided through Inspiring Governance offer incredible opportunities for our students to develop skills to prepare them for their future careers as well as giving them a valuable way to give back to their community. The University of Bedfordshire has been working with Inspiring Governance for over a year now and becoming a School Governor Champion is a wonderful way to further cement our partnership.”