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University governance

University governance

The key bodies in the University governance structure are the Council (the University's governing body) and the Senate (the principal academic body).

Two main bodies are involved in the governance of the University:

The day-to-day management of the University is the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor and the University Executive Group (UEG).


The University’s governing body is the Council, which meets six times a year. It approves the strategic plans of the University and is ultimately responsible for its finances, buildings and staff.

It approves all major development and receives regular reports from the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Management Team, and is required to receive audited financial statements and present them to the Funding Council.

The Council is made up of:

More information about Council can be found here.


The Senate is the ultimate academic authority within the University. Its formal powers are set out in Ordinance 2.12.5.

The membership of Senate includes the Vice-Chancellor, the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Deans and Associate Deans, elected representatives of the academic staff, senior members of the Professional Services, together with representatives drawn from a number of the services, and student representatives.

The Senate normally meets three times a year. More information about Senate can be found here.

University Executive Group (UEG)

The University Executive Group meets weekly and advises the Vice-Chancellor on day-to-day management and decision making. UEG (as it is known) comprises:

University Senate

University Senate

Academic authority to the University.

Council members

Council members

Stewardship of the University.