Governance of the University is overseen by the Council and the Senate. These bodies are responsible for approving our mission and strategy, monitoring our performance, scrutinising our finances and directing our academic functions.
- Student Charter
- Access Agreement
- Collaborative Provision
- Student feedback and evaluation
- External examination procedures
- Publication Scheme
- Programme approval, monitoring & review
- Freedom of information
Our Quality Handbook is a single location where you can find the policies and processes which constitute the University's Quality, Monitoring and Enhancement (QME) framework.
The QME Framework and University Regulations have been designed to enable the University to meet sector expectations as articulated in the Quality Assurance Agency's UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
Quick links to information in the Quality Handbook:
- Assessment of learning and maintenance of academic standards - details of University Policy and Procedures relating to assessment for taught programmes and postgraduate research degrees.
- University's Education Governance Structure - terms of reference and membership for Senate and its Committees.
- Senate Academic Quality and Standards Committee.
- Faculty Programmes Committee
- Programmes and modules information relating to the operation of the University's taught programmes and details of the University's Programme Validation process for both new and existing programmes
Charter, Statutes and Ordinances
Our constitution is set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances. These are the overarching governance documents that outline the University's aims, structure, responsibilities and powers. They include principles and rules for the membership and role of the Council, Senate, and their committees. They also include high-level rules for various University functions such as the appointment of senior staff, admissions, examinations and the awarding of qualifications. More detailed rules about these and other functions are set out in the University's regulations.
The University Council
The Council guides the University's overall strategic direction and is ultimately responsible for its finances, buildings and staff. It approves all major developments and receives regular reports from the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Management Team. It also presents audited financial statements each year.
The Council is made up of 18 members:
- Vice-Chancellor and Provost
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- eight external members appointed by the Council
- three academic members appointed by the Senate
- one member of non-teaching staff
- one representative of the Students' Union (usually the President)
The University holds charity status and the Council members are also the charity trustees.
The Senate is the University's main academic authority. Its role is to oversee the direction and regulation of education and examinations, the awarding of degrees and the promotion of research.
It has around 150 members, including:
- the Pro Vice-Chancellor
- the faculty deans and associate deans
- heads of the academic units and research centres
- academic and research staff
- representatives of the Students' Union
The Senate is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar is its secretary.
The confirmed, unrestricted/non-confidential minutes of Senate meetings are publicly available and copies can be obtained here.
Committees of the Council and Senate
The Council and Senate have a number of committees. The committees hold delegated responsibility for decision-making or consultation in specific areas.
|Committees of Council||Committees of Senate|
|Standing Committee of Council||University Programme Committee|
|Nominations Committee||External Research Degrees Committee|
|Senior Salaries Committee||Military Education Committee|
|Audit Committee||Senate Appeals Committee|
|Health and Safety Audit and Assurance Committee||Student Discipline Committee|
|Safety and Occupational Health Committee|
|Consultative Committee for Safety and Occupational Health|
|Genetic Modification and Biosafety Committee|
|University Ethics Committee|