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How the University is managed

In order to fulfil its governance role, the Council delegates a significant amount of responsibility to Senate and a number of sub-committees. In addition, the Council also delegates considerable decision-making responsibility to the Vice-Chancellor and University Executive Board (The Board).

Role and responsibilities of the University Executive Board

The University Executive Board assists the Vice-Chancellor in overseeing the strategic direction for the University and delivering its vision.  The Board ensures there is effective leadership, management and co-ordination of all the major academic and support activities undertaken by the University. The Board monitors and interprets external events, for example financial or political developments, to understand any likely impact on the University.

The University Executive Board is responsible for developing the detailed strategies to deliver the University Plan. Strategies are designed around key areas for the University including: teaching and learning, research, the student experience, estates and campus development, finance human resources, business and community and governance and management.

Its portfolio of management responsibility includes resources (for example, people, finance, technology and estates), organisation (for example, structures, policies and decision-making) and services (for example systems, projects and service delivery).

The University Executive Board takes key executive decisions and ensures that the institution operates efficiently. The Board supplies the Council and its committees with executive reports, draft budgets and accounts, key performance indicators, benchmarking information on capital investment and reports on risk management.

Who to contact

Further information on the University Executive Board

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