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University governance

University governance

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

Three 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 present audited financial statements.

The Council is made up of:

More information about Council can be found here.


The academic authority of the University is the Senate, which meets three times a year. Its responsibility is to direct and regulate teaching and examinations, and to promote research. The Senate is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and its membership includes:

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.