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Terms of Reference

The University Executive Board (UEB) is the senior leadership team led by the Vice-Chancellor and President, responsible for steering and supporting the strategic direction of the University, and the executive decision-making this entails. UEB collectively promotes and models the public good purpose, reputation and profile of the University, including to a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring its own decisions and conduct reflection the University Vision and values. The Board:

  • Is accountable to the Council, through the Vice-Chancellor and President, for all aspects of the effective and efficient executive and academic leadership of the University
  • Is accountable for ensuring resources and independent advice are provided for the  proper governance of the University
  • Facilitates constructive relationships and timely and accurate two-way information flow and advice with faculties, schools, departments and formal groups and bodies
  • Oversees and directs the development and review of the University Strategy and all major strategic partnerships, for onward Council or sub-committee approval, where required
  • Considers all major transactions, and capital, budgetary, forecasting and investment, borrowing or revenue-generating frameworks and initiatives and commitments for onward Council or sub-committee approval, where required
  • Approves institution-wide or other significant policy to comply with University and/or external statutory or regulatory requirements, recommending this to Council or one of its sub-committees for approval, where required
  • Seeks assurance on the effectiveness and enforcement of University policy
  • Monitors the performance of the University Strategy and associated strategies and plans, against a range of key performance indicators and other contextual information and data, and steers or confirms actions to improve performance
  • Engages with, and seeks to influence the external environment in which the University operates
  • Undertakes scenario-planning and horizon scanning on activities with a likely or known impact on the University and its ability to deliver the University Strategy
  • Advises Council on the delivery of risk management strategy and policy, and the risk appetite to manage major threats and seize opportunities
  • Delegates responsibility for strategic programme management, aspects of policy and operational planning and decision-making to:
    • a number of sub-committees and bodies of UEB
    • through the thematic or specific portfolio responsibilities of individual UEB members.


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