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Governance Officer

Corporate Governance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 01 February 2023
Reference:  2030722BB-R

Legal, Governance and Strategy Implementation

The University of Southampton is one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings. There are currently in excess of 24,000 students on campus in the UK. Using conventional business metrics, the University is a large enterprise with an annual turnover of over £500m and a staff establishment in excess of 5,000 FTE.

The Corporate Governance team is a long-established function within the Governance, Legal and Strategy Implementation Directorate, with a remit to support central, high-level decision-making bodies which include the University Governing Body, the Senate and a range of executive Committees, Panels and Groups. The team provides professional administration to these governance bodies ensuring that they function smoothly and effectively.

We now have an exciting opportunity to join the team in the role of Governance Officer. The role will work together with the Clerk to the University Council and Senate, and the wider team, to support both a specific portfolio of committees and the broader work of the team.

As a member of the team, you will need a proven track record in supporting professional governance meetings with skills in meeting preparation, agenda compilation, report and minute writing and the ability to build strong, productive relationships with a diverse stakeholder group – including University governors, members of the Senate, Senior Executives, academic and research staff, heads of the University’s professional services functions and key external suppliers and partners.    

You should have previous experience of working in a committee, democratic support or governance environment either from the private, public or charity sector.

Working at the University of Southampton gives you access to a wide range of benefits in addition to our competitive rates of pay. Our core benefits include pension scheme membership; a generous annual leave allowance (supplemented by University closure days and public holidays) and excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave). All our benefits can be viewed here.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please contact Michelle (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 2030722BB-R on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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