The University’s governing body

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is the University’s governing body. The Board is the supreme authority within the University, responsible under the University’s Articles of Association for “determining the educational character and mission of the University, for stewardship of its resources and for oversight of its activities”. The Board is also responsible for the University’s compliance with the Memorandum of Assurance and Accountability with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the University’s major funder and regulator. The Board has approved a Statement of Primary Responsibilities setting out its key responsibilities:

Statement of Primary Responsibilities - approved June 2016

The Board comprises no fewer than 11 and no more than 15 governors. Governors have the legal status of company directors and are also trustees for the purposes of charity law. See Members of the Board for further information about individual governors.

The Board has delegated authority to a number of Sub-committees of the Board. The dates of meetings of the Board and its sub-committees are provided in the Calendar of meetings.

Minutes of Board of Governors meetings are published six months after the date of the meeting to which they relate, subject to redactions to remove information which is exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act. A summary of decisions by the Board is published within 10 working days of each business meeting and can be found alongside the Minutes of Board of Governors meetings.

In 2013-14 an independent review of the Board's effectiveness was conducted by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Further information is provided in the following summary which was approved by the Board in July 2014: