Sussex Downs College (SDC) was established in 2001 by the merger of Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology and Lewes Tertiary College. A second merger with Park College in 2003 made us one of the largest colleges in the South East. We now have approximately 5,000 mostly full-time students and around 9,000 learners. The College employs 1200 staff (in excess of 900 full time equivalents) and has an annual turnover of around £40 million.
The powers of the Corporation (Board of Governors) are specified in the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (Sections 18 and 19). In summary the Corporation is empowered to:
- Provide further and higher education
- Supply goods or services in connection with the provision of education
- Conduct an educational institution
- Provide facilities appearing to it to be necessary to support its principal powers (including boarding accommodation and recreational facilities for students and staff and facilities for students with learning difficulties)
- Acquire and dispose of land and other property, enter in to employment and other contracts, borrow (subject to funding council approval) and invest money, accept gifts and fund scholarships and prizes.
The Board of Governors is a corporate body. This means that it is a body composed of a number of individuals who are empowered to act as a single person with a separate identity from that of its individual members. The implications of this corporate status are:
- Decisions are taken collectively at formally convened meetings and are binding on its members
- No individual member (unless specifically authorised) may act or speak on behalf of the Corporation
- Accountability for the Corporation’s decisions and their consequences is collective, not individual.
The Statutory Instrument and Articles of Government of Further Education Corporations which is published by and obtainable from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sets out the law of the land in respect of governors’ responsibilities in detail.
The Instrument of Government explains the arrangements that are required for meetings of the Governing Body and its committees.
The Articles of Government describe the responsibilities of the Governing Body and the Principal and issues relating to staff and students whilst the main responsibilities of the Governing Body are defined in Article 3 of the Statutory Articles of Government and may be summarised as:
- The determination and periodic review of the educational character and mission of the College and for the oversight of its activities
- Approving the quality strategy of the College
- The effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the College and for safeguarding its assets
- Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
- The appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the Principal and other Senior Postholders and the Clerk to the Corporation
- Setting a framework for the pay and conditions of service of all other staff
Sussex Downs College Corporation has twenty members. Further information about individual members can be found in the Governance section of our website.
The College is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 1993. Visit the Charities Commission Website for more information.
How the institution is organised
Information about the management structure of the College may be found in the Governors’ Handbook.
Vacancies for Corporation members are advertised in the Governance section of the website and in the local press.
Our staff recruitment policy is available on the website. Vacancies are advertised in the Job Vacancies section and also in the local and/or national press where appropriate.
Prospective students receive information about the College in a number of different ways:
- College website
- School liaison visits
- College Open Evenings
- Advice from the Admissions team
Please see the How to Apply section of our website for further information about the application procedure. Student enrolment can take place in person, by telephone or on line.
The primary contact for all matters relating to the Freedom of Information Act is:
Cross College Examinations Manager
Sussex Downs College
Telephone: 030 300 38357