At the University we understand our great potential and responsibility to create positive change in society. We have a clear strategic commitment to widening participation and to positively contribute to making Leeds the great City it is. 

As part of our commitment, we are working in collaboration with the charity Governors for Schools to increase the number of staff and alumni serving as School Governors in schools across Leeds and West Yorkshire.  Our programme has been developed to provide support to both existing and prospective school governors. This includes helping alumni and staff interested in school governance to find vacancies, as well as providing training and networking opportunities to everyone involved in our programme.

If you…

  • Have an interest in influencing and making a difference to children’s education and give children the best possible opportunities in life.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively to meet a school’s aims and objectives.
  • Want to put your skills and experience to good use and offering schools on outsider’s perspective.
  • Have in interest in gaining new insights in to the education system.
  • Would like to developing new skills and experience to enhance your own professional development.
  • Would like to act as an ambassador for the University’s work with local schools.

School governance is a great opportunity for you! 

Download our School Governors Briefing for information on the School Governor role, the benefits and what you can expect from the role.  (PDF)

University Support for Prospective and Existing School Governors

The University recognises the value of staff  becoming school governors and the positive impact this on children, communities and the University. Our programme has been developed to provide support to both existing and prospective school governors. As well as helping staff and alumni interested in school governance to find vacancies, we offer training, support and networking opportunities to everyone involved in our programme. Networking opportunities include a Jiscmail group and networking events through the year to facilitate the exchange of experiences, share best practice and provide support to staff and alumni in their roles.  If you are an existing School Governor and would like to be involved and benefit from our Programme, contact Amanda Jackson at or 0113 3434073.

Local Schools Need Your Skills

How to Get Involved

Staff and Alumni interested in becoming School Governors can register with our charity partner Governors for Schools here. [1] Someone from the charity will be in touch about next steps with being matched with a school.  We also want to hear from staff and alumni who are already working with schools as School Governors. You can also register your interest to benefit from the University’s School Governors Programme of training and support by getting in touch with Amanda Jackson, email or 0113 3435073.

[1] Please note, that Governors for Schools is a registered charity and operates independently from the University of Leeds. Your progress and any school placement details will be collected and monitored by the University. 

Advertise Your School Governor Vacancy

If you are a School Head or Chair of Governors looking to fill a current vacancy, you can register your vacancies with a partners Governors for Schools.  They offer a bespoke matching service focused on finding the best school governors to support schools across England.  Register your vacancies through this link.


This initiative complements the existing staff opportunities offered through the Sustainability Strategy. See the other staff opportunities available through the Sustainability Service here.