A spotlight is currently being shone on university governors, with changes in regulations leading to increased expectations on the role that they play. These changes raise questions about whether the right skills are being represented. University boards also continue to lack diversity in their membership. It is for these reasons that this report reverses the usual question, to ask why shouldn’t governing body members be paid?
Alison Wheaton seeks to answer this question by exploring existing practice in other sectors, which universities in the UK or further abroad are currently paying their governors and what the costs and benefits are of paying university governors.