The BISC was established in 1993 by Queen’s University (Canada) as a company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission. As a registered Charity, it has its own Board of Trustees, which is responsible for assuring that the BISC is managed well, is financially sound, and that it is fulfilling its charitable obligations.
There are currently four trustees – two non-university trustees resident in the United Kingdom, one non-university trustee residing in Canada, and one trustee (the Provost of Queen’s) representing Queen’s University (Canada) and serving as Chair. Trustees meet at least three times a year to consider budgets, projects, activities, and the general functioning of the BISC. In a recent development, the Board also hears a yearly “State of the Castle” - report from the Student Government at the BISC evaluating the functioning and quality assurance of the BISC.
The principal objective of the charity is to contribute to and enhance international education and research through its role as an academic meeting-place for students, scholars and professionals from around the world –a place where people of different nationalities may learn and work together for both collective and public benefit.
Structurally, the Bader International Study Centre is an integral component of Queen’s University’s wide-ranging international programmes. To achieve this objective, the charity is developing and providing:
- academic programmes for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students whose interests are oriented towards the United Kingdom, Europe and global issues of humanities, business, language, and social science;
- a venue and focal point for international conferences, academic research, and meetings on similar areas of public interest;
- an enhanced educational, social and cultural environment for the local community, through its stewardship of the unique heritage of Herstmonceux Castle.
Each year, the BISC Trustees must report to the UK Charity Commission on our success in achieving our charitable objectives. Equally, the Queen’s Board of Trustees reviews an annual report on the financial health and programmatic outcomes of the BISC yearly.