The University of Southampton is a Chartered Corporation, established by Royal Charter in 1952.
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).
The structure of the University's governance is laid down in its Charter and Statutes. The University Ordinances amplify the provisions of the Statutes. Detailed aspects of the University's proceedings (for example, arrangements for individual degree programmes) are covered by Regulations. The Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations are set out in the University Calendar.
The Council and the Senate each have a number of committees which report to them, either directly or through the University Executive Group. Much of the University's business is conducted through its committee structure.