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Institutional Governance

The governance framework of the University is set out in the Royal Charter which was granted in 1955, and from which the University derives the power and authority to carry out its activities. Our Statutes and Ordinances are the fundamental rules and principles which govern how the University is to undertake its business. Detailed Regulations cover the operation of teaching, examinations and other matters relating to students.

The Statutes require the University to have several bodies to perform particular functions in the University’s governance. The Council is the University’s governing body, with responsibility for institutional policies and financial, estates and legal matters. Academic governance is provided by Senate which is responsible for teaching and learning, examinations and research.

The high-level work of Council and Senate is supported through various key Committees and the Dual Assurance structure, which focus on particular a‌reas of the University’s activity.