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Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 12: Nominations to governing body

24.Section 12 makes provision for the nomination of the members of the governing body who are appointed by being nominated under section 10(1)(c) to (e). Section 12(2) requires that the nomination process is conducted according to any rules on nomination made by the governing body of the HEI. The rules required under this section deal only with the nomination process. The Act provides that the role of nominating bodies is simply to nominate but it remains open to an HEI to make provision for a more extensive role which might include the recall of nominees, subject to the provisions on removal in section 13. Section 12(3) provides that the rules may determine who can exercise the right of nomination (for example, where there is more than one body which meets the criteria for making a nomination under section 10) and that different provision might be made for different vacancies on the governing body.

25.Section 12(4) sets out that before making or changing any existing rules under section 12(2), the governing body must consult the representatives of anyone who has both a right of nomination under the proposed rules (section 12(4)(a)) and who is affected by the proposed new rules or by any proposed amendment to existing rules (section 12(4)(b)). Accordingly, if only part of the rules are revised, there will be no requirement to consult with bodies that have a right to make a nomination if the rules that are applicable to that body are not subject to any changes.

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