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South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) is one of London’s largest providers of post-16 education and training and is an ongoing and significant contributor to its local communities. STCG was created by a merger in 2017 and operates from four main College campuses located at Carshalton, Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth spread across four London Boroughs. STCG has established itself as one of the top Colleges in London having made impressive progress since its creation, and the Corporation is keen that the College will continue making this progress.
The Corporation (Governing Body) is an independent institution set up under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. On 1st August 2017, the Corporations of Carshalton College and South Thames College merged with Kingston College – the Corporations of the two colleges were dissolved and all students, employees, assets and liabilities were transferred to Kingston College. Kingston College’s name was changed to South Thames Colleges Group to reflect its regional position.
The Corporation operates as a non-executive Board and has specific responsibilities for overseeing the strategic direction of the College, its academic performance and financial health. Governors help to drive up the performance of the College by attending regular meetings and participating in active scrutiny and questioning of management. The Corporation shapes the strategic direction of STCG whilst ensuring that its educational provision meets the needs of the students and the wider community.
The Corporation is made up of individuals who are committed to education and training and volunteer their time and act in the best interests of the College and its learners. There are up to 22 Governors with a range of backgrounds, skills and experience reflecting the varied communities which the College serves including students, staff, the Group Principal / CEO and representatives of the local community, businesses and education institutions.
Governors maintain contact with College life through staff-governor links, formal presentations, and attendance at College events. Governors have a strong commitment to continuous improvement in their own practice and the Corporation undertakes a programme of rigorous self-assessment both of the College’s and its own performance.
Current governor vacancies and details of how to apply to become a governor are posted on the Kingston College website- Current jobs or are available from the Head of Governance. Any comments, questions or enquiries in relation to governance of the South Thames Colleges Group should be directed to:
Head of Governance
Kingston Hall Road,
Kingston upon Thames