University governance

The University is an institution of higher education established by Royal Charter in 1966. The Charter is the instrument of governance of the University and sets the University's objects in the pursuit of learning and the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. 

The Statutes and Ordinances provide detailed information about the running of the University in terms of its governance.  They present information on the roles and responsibilities of the officers of the University, including The Chancellor, The Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, and also about the core statutory bodies and committees.

The Regulations provide information on the framework under which the academic activities of the University are carried out.  They are structured into two broad areas: academic regulations which govern programmes of study and student regulations which govern student behaviour and procedures for student complaints and appeals. Codes of practice set out policy and provide operational advice on how a range of processes are carried out.  They are the key components of the University's Quality Framework.

Regulations and codes of practice are considered and approved via the academic governance structure.  The senior University committee with responsibility for academic standards and quality is Senate. Committees with quality assurance responsibilities reporting to Senate are the University Learning and Teaching  Committee (ULTC), the Senate Progression and Conferment Executive (SPACE) and the University Research Degrees Committee (URDC).  Terms of reference for Senate Sub-committees and the substructure below that can be found in the Code of practice for academic governance.

University Learning and Teaching Committee has responsibility for considering and formulating University policy and strategy relating to the development, evaluation, quality assurance and enhancement of teaching and learning: this includes teaching processes, learning support, assessment, innovations, facilities and resources, admissions, widening participation and outreach.  Supporting ULTC in its work are four sub-committees: Admissions, Widening Participation and Outreach, Quality and Standards and Student Experience.  ULTC agendas, papers and minutes and those of it sub-committees are available to members of the University via the open secure drive (QE00_open).

SPACE is responsible, on behalf of Senate, for agreeing the award of degrees, diplomas and certificates attained on completion of taught programmes of study and for considering decisions on the progress and assessment of students.

URDC has responsibility for considering and formulating University policy and strategy relating to the development, evaluation, quality assurance and enhancement of postgraduate research degree provision: this includes admission, training and development, supervision, progression, assessment, researcher support, research environment and innovations.  Supporting URDC in its work are two sub-committees: Admission, Progression and Examination and Researcher Training and Development. URDC agendas, papers and minutes and those of its sub-committees are available to members of the University via the open secure drive (QE00_open).