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Board of Governors

Board of governors

Fundamentally, the Board has ultimate responsibility for the mission, vision, values and strategy of the University which will be shaped and delivered by the Vice-Chancellor and the University Executive.

Governors' handbook online


Governing bodies also hold responsibility for determining the 'educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities’. This responsibility cannot be delegated. However, the Articles also clearly set out those key responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor and Academic Board in relation to academic governance. The Board's other key responsibilities, which cannot be delegated to another body or individual, include:

  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University and for safeguarding its assets;
  • approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of senior post holders (the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive and University Executive).
  • the appointment, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of senior post holders (the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive and University Executive).
  • setting a framework for the pay and conditions of all other staff.
  • the assignment and appraisal of the Principal (the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive).


Chair of the Board of Governors: John Mowbray

Clerk to the Board of Governors: Andrea Walters