Council effectiveness review 2013/14

The University Council has adopted the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Code of Governance.  In line with this code Council has agreed this Statement of Primary Responsibilities.  This Statement was updated following the Review of Council Effectiveness in 2013/14.

This statement should be read in conjunction with Section 10 of the Statutes: Powers of the Council.

Primary Responsibilities

The Governing Body is unambiguously and collectively responsible for overseeing the institution’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission is achieved and the potential of all learners is maximised.  It does this through this statement of primary responsibilities:

1.      To approve the mission and strategic vision of the University, long-term academic and business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs), and annual budget and financial statements.

2.      To appoint the Vice-Chancellor as the University’s Chief Executive, and to put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance.

3.      To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.

4.      To ensure that there are arrangements in place for effective academic governance and the quality and standards of educational programmes.

5.      To monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the University against the plans and approved key performance indicators, which should be, where possible and appropriate, benchmarked against other comparable universities.

6.      To ensure compliance with the charter, statutes, ordinances and other provisions regulating the University and its governance framework

7.      To be the University’s legal authority and, as such, to ensure that systems are in place for meeting all the University’s legal and statutory obligations.

8.      To conduct its business in accordance with best practice in higher education corporate governance and with the principles of public life drawn up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Effectiveness and Performance Review

9.      To monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the governing body itself – including conducting a full review of Council’s effectiveness not less than every five years and a parallel review of Senate’s effectiveness.

Last Updated: October 2017