The Board obtains its authority through the Instrument and Articles of Government which are approved by the Privy Council. These set out the composition and responsibilities of the Board as well as those which attach to the Vice-Chancellor, as Chief Executive and Principal Accounting Officer, and the Academic Board. Governance is not executive management. The two sets of responsibilities are designed to complement each other.
Governance responsibilities are further detailed in the Regulatory Framework for Higher Education in England issued by the Office for Students (OfS) which is the Principal Regulator for higher education.
The Terms of Reference for the Board are derived from the Instrument and Articles and are set out in the Statement of Primary Responsibilities. Membership of the Board includes the Vice-Chancellor as a full member and also staff and student governors but with Independent members in the majority.
The Board operates through a Committee structure which is self-determined, except for the Audit Committee which is a regulatory requirement. Standing Orders set out the rules by which all committees operate including the quorum under which business can legitimately take place.
The Board has determined role descriptions for independent members, the Chair, the Vice-Chair and the Clerk and has agreed procedures for the appointment of new members and the Chair of the Board.
- Instrument of Government
- Articles of Government
- OfS Regulatory Framework for Higher Education in England
- Statement of Primary Responsibilities
- Board Committee Terms of Reference
- Standing Orders
- Role of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Clerk and members of the Board
- The Seven Principles of Public Life
- Governor Appointment Process
- Scheme of Delegation