The University of Southampton is a corporation formed by Royal Charter and holds charitable status.
The key bodies in the University governance structure are the Council (the University's governing body) and the Senate (the principal academic body).
The University’s objects, powers and framework of governance are published each year and set out in the Royal Charter and its supporting statutes and ordinances. These can be found in the University Calendar.
Governance of the University
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.
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:
- external members
- Executive Management Team members
- academic members
- non-teaching staff member
- representative of the Students’ Union
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.
- Heads of Schools
- Pro Vice-Chancellors
- Elected representatives of Professors
- Non-professorial staff
- Student representatives
The Senate normally meets three times a year. More information about Senate can be found here.