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Academic Governor

Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Job Description and Person Specification

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) delivers high quality, innovative and flexible academic and professional education and training by:

  • Addressing the training needs of Bar students and practising members of the Bar throughout their career;
  • Creating training and professional development resources, when the ICCA is best placed to do so effectively, for delivery by others, in particular the Inns and Circuits;
  • Delivering training nationally and internationally where the ICCA is best placed to do so.

The ICCA is the education and training arm of the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC). COIC is a registered charity funded by the four Inns of Court. The work of the ICCA is undertaken by a professional staff led by the Dean. It is overseen by the ICCA’s Board of Governors, which reports to COIC.

In addition to its work on post-qualification and international advocacy training, the ICCA has developed an innovative postgraduate diploma (PGDip in Bar Practice) for students who wish to qualify as barristers. The ICCA Bar Course has received substantial financial backing from the Inns of Court. It aims were to reduce the high cost of qualification, to widen the diversity of recruits to the profession and to maintain high standards. The ICCA is now entering its fifth
recruitment cycle for the Bar Course and has enjoyed outstanding outcomes in assessments and pupillage.

There are 12 Governors on the ICCA Board, comprising the Chair, two Vice-Chairs, four Governors, each nominated by one of the Inns of Court, an Academic Governor, a Judicial Governor, and two lay Governors, one with expertise in professional education and training and one in finance.

There are standing sub-committees of the Board including the International Committee (providing training abroad), the ICCA Finance and Operations Committee and essential committees to manage the smooth running of the ICCA Bar Course, including an Education Committee and an Exams Board. From time to time, project committees and working groups are also established.

All Governors (including the Academic Governor) assist the COIC Trustees in guiding the work of the ICCA and setting the strategic direction and priorities, ensuring the ICCA is solvent, well run, avoids unreasonable risk, and that it complies with its governing documents, charity law and other legislation. In particular, Governors:

  • provide strategic inspiration, advice and guidance both to the Trustees and to the ICCA volunteer contributors and staff;
  • assist the Trustees to support and hold to account the Dean and staff team of the ICCA;
  • encourage and support the work of volunteer contributors;
  • promote excellence in advocacy and ethical standards;
  • plan the direction, development, activities and budget of the ICCA;
  • represent the ICCA and promote its work;
  • attend events on behalf of the ICCA;
  • chair meetings of sub-committees as required;
  • ensuring that the ICCA prepares accurate reports and accounts as required by law or the Trustees;
  • obtain expert advice when needed;
  • assist in the appointment of senior volunteers, staff and Governors when required.

The Academic Governor Role

Eligibility:

This post is open to university academics save that academics from institutions that provide Bar Professional Training Course are not eligible to apply.
This post is not restricted to legal academics. Applications are particularly welcomed from those with experience of academic work focused on or leading to professional training.

This post can be taken up by Members or Benchers of an Inn, provided they have the requisite skills and academic experience.
Academics who are also barristers are eligible to apply.

Job Description

The Academic Governor will have particular responsibility for ensuring that the work of the ICCA accords with best academic practice. In particular, the Academic Governor will:

  • advise the Governors on teaching and learning, research, assessment and quality assurance;
  • liaise with and promote the work of the ICCA amongst the academic community;
  • write articles and papers on behalf of the ICCA, where necessary.
  • assist with policy and educational strategy.
  • chair the ICCA Education Committee.

Person Specification

You will have excellent experience/understanding of:

  • academic best practice and professional training regulation;
  • working as a member of a committee or board;
  • driving organisational development in a complex and challenging environment;
  • building strong relationships with a range of individuals and organisations;
  • developing strategies which result in tangible improvements in education or training;
  • applying the rules and regulations that apply to education and training.

Item / Description

  • Term: Governors are appointed for a three-year term and are eligible to be re¬appointed for a second three-year term.
  • Commitment: The ICCA Governors must meet at least four times a year. They currently meet six to eight times a year, to ensure the timely progression of business. The Academic Governor will also need to chair the Education Committee which meets at least four times a year.
  • Integrity:All members must act with integrity and avoid any conflicts of interest.
  • Expenses: The role is not paid but reasonable expenses may be claimed.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above

Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 4th March 2024
   
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