Theme(s)Source/
Type of Delegation
Charter/
Statute/
Ordinance
ClausePower/DutyCommittee
/Person where Final Authority Rests
Specific Nature of Delegation/
Power (where appropriate)
Comments
/Further Information
Theme(s)Source/
Type of Delegation
Charter/
Statute/
Ordinance
ClausePower/DutyCommittee
/Person where Final Authority Rests
Specific Nature of Delegation/
Power(where appropriate)
Comments
/Further Information

Corporate Governance

External approval required

Charter

20

Amendment and alteration to Charter.

Privy Council

The Council may at any time add to, amend or alter the provisions of this Charter by a special resolution and such addition, amendment or alteration shall only become effectual upon the approval of the Privy Council

A special resolution means a resolution passed at a meeting of the Council by not less than three-quarters of the members present and voting.

Statute 10.2.1 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “amend, vary or revoke the Charter and Statutes”.

Corporate Governance

External approval required

Charter

16

Amendment, alteration and repeal of Statutes.

Privy Council

The Council may at any time add to, amend, alter or repeal the Statutes by ordinary resolution provided that such Statutes shall not be effective until approved by the Privy Council.

Any ordinary resolution means a resolution passed at a meeting of the Council by a majority of the members present and voting.

Statute 10.2.1 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “amend, vary or revoke the Charter and Statutes”.

Corporate Governance

External approval required

Ordinance 3 (The Chancellor)

3.1

Appointment of the Chancellor.

University Visitor

The Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council, but to be effective the appointment must be approved by the University Visitor.

An appointment will be made following a nomination and selection process carried out as Council sees fit.

Clause 8 of the Charter states “There shall be a Chancellor of the University who shall be ex officio head of the University”.

Statute 2.1 states “The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors shall be appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances”.

Statute 9.1.1 states Council has the power and duty “To appoint a Chancellor, a Pro-Chancellor, a President who shall act as Chairman of the Council, a Vice-President of the Council and up to two other Lay Officers”.

Ordinance 3.2 states “The Chancellor shall hold office for such period as the Council may determine”.

Estate Management and Sustainability

External approval required

NA

NA

Increasing financial commitments beyond five times average EBITDA surplus.

HEFCE

An institution must get written permission from HEFCE to increase its earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)-based threshold, before it agrees to any new financial commitments where its total financial commitments would increase to above five times its average EBITDA-based surplus.

This permission is required as a condition of HEFCE funding, as outlined in the Memorandum of assurance and accountability between HEFCE and institutions.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Charter

12

Overall management and administration of the University and its affairs.

Council

There shall be a Council of the University which, subject to the Statutes, shall be the governing body of the University responsible for the management and administration of the whole revenue and property of the University and the conduct of all the affairs of the University.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 4 (The Pro-Chancellors)

4.1

Appointment of the Pro-Chancellors.

Council 

There shall normally be two Pro-Chancellors, one being appointed by the Council and the other being ex officio the person who for the time being is the President of the Council.

Appointment of the Council appointed Pro-Chancellor will be made by Council following the consideration of a recommendation from Nominations Committee following a nominations process approved by Council.

Statute 2.1 states “The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors shall be appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances”.

Statute 9.1.1 states Council has the power and duty “To appoint a Chancellor, a Pro-Chancellor, a President who shall act as Chairman of the Council, a Vice-President of the Council and up to two other Lay Officers”.

Ordinance 4.2 states “The Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council shall hold office for three years or such shorter period as the Council may determine. On completion of his/her term of office, s/he shall be eligible for re-appointment for a second term of a maximum of three years. The maximum period that a Lay Member may serve continuously on the Council including a term or terms of office as the Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council shall be fifteen years”.

Ordinance 4.3 states “The Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council, or failing him/her, the President of the Council shall, during the absence or inability of the Chancellor or during a vacancy in that office, exercise all the functions of the Chancellor except that of conferring degrees which shall be exercised in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance 28”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 5

5.1

Appointment of the Vice-Chancellor including agreement and monitoring of delegation of authority to the Vice-Chancellor.

Council

The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council after consideration of a report of a Joint Committee of which the President of Council shall be a member ex officio and Chair and of which the other members shall be nominated in equal numbers by the Council and the Senate.

Clause 10 of the Charter states “There shall be a Vice-Chancellor of the University who shall be the principal Academic and Administrative Officer of the University and ex officio Chairman of the Senate”.

Statute 3.1 states “The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances”.

Statute 9.12 states Council has the power and duty  “To appoint subject to any procedures from time to time set out in these  Statutes and the Ordinances, the Vice-Chancellor, to monitor his/her performance and, if necessary, to suspend or dismiss him/her”.

Statute 10.2.2 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “appoint the Vice-Chancellor and to approve the Vice-Chancellor’s terms and conditions of appointment”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 6 (The President and Vice-President of Council)

6.1

Appointment of the President and Vice-President of Council.

Council

 The President and the Vice-President of the Council shall each be appointed by the Council for a period of three years, or such shorter periods as the Council may determine.

Appointment to each role will be made by Council following the consideration of a recommendation from Nominations Committee arising from a nominations process approved by Council.

Clause 9 of the Charter states “There shall normally be two Pro-Chancellors of the University. One of the Pro-Chancellors as prescribed by the Ordinances of the University shall act as Chancellor during a vacancy in that office or during the absence or inability of the Chancellor”.

Statute 4.1 states “There shall be a President of the Council of the University who shall be ex officio a Pro-Chancellor and who shall be appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances”.

Statute 4.2 states “There shall be a Vice-President of the Council who shall be appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances and who shall deputise for the President in his/her absence”.

Statute 9.1.1 states Council has the power and duty “To appoint a Chancellor, a Pro-Chancellor, a President who shall act as Chairman of the Council, a Vice-President of the Council and up to two other Lay Officers”.

Ordinance 6.2 states “The President and the Vice-President of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment for further terms of office in the same role or another Lay Officer role, provided that no-one shall serve continuously as a Lay Officer for more than nine years, except when serving a term or terms as Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council as provided for in Clause 4.2 of Ordinance 4”.

Ordinance 6.3 states “The President of the Council shall chair the Council and shall be ex officio a member of all Committees of the Council and all Joint Committees of the Council and the Senate”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 7 (The Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors)

7.1

Appointment of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Council

Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors shall be appointed from time to time on behalf of the Council either from among the staff of the University or by external appointment. Procedures for the identification and appointment of Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors shall be approved by the Council, after consultation with the Senate.

Ordinance 7.2 states “The Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors shall be assigned such duties as shall be determined by the Vice-Chancellor, shall act for the Vice-Chancellor on such occasions as the Vice-Chancellor may request and shall assist the Vice-Chancellor in such matters as the Vice-Chancellor shall from time to time determine. A Deputy Vice-Chancellor or Pro-Vice-Chancellor, when acting for the Vice-Chancellor, shall have all the rights as to speaking and voting as the Vice-Chancellor would have had had s/he been present”.

Ordinance 7.3 states “Pro-Vice-Chancellors designated as Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellors shall be the executive officer and public representative of a designated Faculty of the University”.

Ordinance 7.4 states “In accordance with the provisions of Clause 11 of the Charter, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor shall act as Vice-Chancellor during the temporary absence or inability of the Vice-Chancellor or during a vacancy in that office, provided that, should the period of such absence or inability or the vacancy be deemed likely to exceed a period of more than three months, the Council may forthwith appoint a Joint Committee in accordance with the provisions of Statute 3.2 to recommend to the Council the appointment of a suitable person, from the professorial members of the Senate, as Acting Vice-Chancellor for such period and on such conditions as the Council may determine”. 

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 8 (Other Lay Officers of the Council)

8.1

Appointment of Lay Officers of Council.

Council

In addition to the Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council and the President and the Vice-President of the Council, the Council may appoint up to two other Lay Officers, who shall be members of the Council ex officio, as it shall see fit. The roles and terms of office of any such Lay Officers who may be appointed shall be determined by the Council, subject to the provisions of Clause 6.2 of Ordinance 6 with regard to the maximum continuous periods of office of such Lay Officers.

Ordinance 6.2 states “The President and the Vice-President of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment for further terms of office in the same role or another Lay Officer role, provided that no-one shall serve continuously as a Lay Officer for more than nine years, except when serving a term or terms as Pro-Chancellor appointed by the Council as provided for in Clause 4.2 of Ordinance 4”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 9 (The Clerk to Council)

9.1

Appointment of the Clerk to Council

Council

The Clerk to Council shall be appointed by the Council. Irrespective of other duties an individual appointed as Clerk might have in the University, in his/her capacity as Clerk s/he shall act on the instructions of and be responsible to the Council alone.

Council will make the appointment following a nomination and what further selection process it sees fit.

Statute 5.1 states “There shall be an officer appointed by the Council to act as the Clerk to Council”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 6 (Officers)

6.1

Appointment of other officers.

Council

There shall be other such officers of the University as the Council may from time to time determine who shall perform such functions and duties as may be decided by Council.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 7 (The Auditors)

7.1

Appointment of the Auditors.

Council

The Council shall, on an annual basis, appoint an Auditor or Auditors who shall be members of a recognised supervisory body and eligible for appointment under the rules of that body, on such terms as may be determined by Council.

Statute 9.1.4 states Council has the power and duty “To appoint an Auditor or Auditors who shall receive such remuneration as may be determined from time to time by the Council”.

Statute 10.2.4 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “appoint the Auditors”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.17

Approval of the strategic direction of the University.

Council

Detailed oversight of process to develop annual plans and budgets undertaken by Planning and Resources Committee.

Responsibility includes:-
Approval of the medium to long term strategy for the University in whatever form this is expressed.
Approval of annual and three year budgets and operating plans (including the capital programme).
Monitoring of progress against the above.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.18

Approval of the annual budget.

Council

Detailed oversight of process to develop annual plans and budgets undertaken by Planning and Resources Committee.

This will be undertaken through the consideration and approval of annual and three year budgets and operating plans (including the capital programme).

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.19

Monitoring of performance against plans/budgets and, for this purpose, to identify and utilise key performance indicators.

Council

Detailed oversight of performance reporting sits with the strategic committees.

Accountability for performance is enforced through the line management structure, with the Vice-Chancellor ultimately held to account by the Council

Each meeting of Council receives a performance report covering both activity against plan and financial performance.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.20

Ensuring the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, clear procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest. 

Council

NA

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.21

Fulfilment of statutory/regulatory responsibilities.

Council

NA

Will include:-
Approval of financial statements.
Regulatory returns to HEFCE.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.7

Creation of Ordinances.

Council

Council has the power and duty to make Ordinances for any matters for which Ordinances are authorised to be made.

Statute 10.2.5 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “make material amendments to Ordinances”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.8

Creation of Regulations.

Council

Council has the power and duty to make Regulations for any purposes for which Regulations are authorised to be made, except Regulations governing the courses of study and examinations, which shall be made by the Senate.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 7 (The Deputy Vice-Chancellors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellors)

7.4

Appointment of an Acting Vice-Chancellor.

Council 

Should the Vice-Chancellor be unable to perform his/her duties, be absent or a vacancy in the role be deemed likely to exceed a period of more than three months, the Council may forthwith appoint a Joint Committee in accordance with the provisions of Statute 3.2 to recommend to the Council the appointment of a suitable person, from the professorial members of the Senate, as Acting Vice-Chancellor for such period and on such conditions as the Council may determine. 

Clause 11 of the Charter states “There shall be one or more Deputy Vice-Chancellors and/or Pro-Vice-Chancellors of the University. Subject to the provisions of the Statutes and the Ordinances, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor shall act as Vice-Chancellor during the temporary absence or inability of the Vice-Chancellor”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 22 (Appointment, Election and Tenure of Office of Members of the Council)

22.2

Appointment of Lay Members of Council.

Council

Nominations for the appointment of Lay Members of the Council and Lay Officers shall be made to the Council by a Nominations Committee which shall establish procedures for identifying appropriate individuals to fill Lay Member and Lay Officer roles. Employees or students of the University shall not be eligible to become Lay Officers or Lay Members of the Council. If a casual vacancy for a Lay Member or Lay Officer should occur, the Nominations Committee shall be responsible for recommending whether the vacancy should be filled for the remaining period of the original term or for a full three-year term. 

Statute 8.1.2 states “There will be Nine Lay Members [of Council] (including the President and Vice-President of the Council) appointed by the Council in accordance with the Ordinances”.

Ordinance 22.1 states “Lay members of the Council appointed in accordance with Statute 8.1.2, shall be appointed for a term of office of three years and may be re-appointed for up to two further three-year terms. Subject to the provisions of Clause 6.2 of Ordinance 6, if appointed as the President or the Vice-President of the Council or to one of the other Lay Officer posts, the maximum continuous period of service that a Lay Member may serve on the Council shall be twelve years, except that a Lay Member may serve for up to fifteen years continuously if, following completion of twelve years of service, they are appointed as Pro-Chancellor by the Council. Following the completion of such maximum terms of office, individuals shall not be eligible for re-appointment as a Lay Member or Lay Officer of the Council, until a period of three years has elapsed”. 

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 22 (Appointment, Election and Tenure of Office of Members of the Council)

22.3

Appointment of non-elected Senate members to Council.

Council

The three Senate representatives on the Council appointed by the Council shall be appointed following the recommendation of the Nominations Committee.

Statute 22.5 states “Members of the Senate appointed or elected to the Council shall serve for a period of three years and on completion of their terms of office shall be eligible for re-appointment or re-election, provided that the maximum period of continuous service by a Senate representative on Council shall be six years, after which they shall not be eligible for re-appointment until a period of three years has elapsed. Should an appointed or elected representative of the Senate on the Council cease to be a member of the Senate, s/he shall also cease to be a member of the Council”.

Statute 22.6 states “If a casual vacancy should occur in the Senate-appointed membership of the Council, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall normally be appointed for the remaining period of the original term. Should a casual vacancy occur for the Senate-elected member of Council, a by-election shall normally be held and the person elected to fill the vacancy will be elected for a three-year term”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Ordinance 22 (Appointment, Election and Tenure of Office of Members of the Council)

22.4

Appointment of non-elected Senate members to Council.

Council

The member of the Council elected by the Senate shall be elected by and from among the elected members of the Senate. Elections shall be conducted by the Chief Operating Officer in accordance with protocols agreed by the Senate and the Council.

Statute 22.5 states “Members of the Senate appointed or elected to the Council shall serve for a period of three years and on completion of their terms of office shall be eligible for re-appointment or re-election, provided that the maximum period of continuous service by a Senate representative on Council shall be six years, after which they shall not be eligible for re-appointment until a period of three years has elapsed. Should an appointed or elected representative of the Senate on the Council cease to be a member of the Senate, s/he shall also cease to be a member of the Council”.

Statute 22.6 states “If a casual vacancy should occur in the Senate-appointed membership of the Council, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall normally be appointed for the remaining period of the original term. Should a casual vacancy occur for the Senate-elected member of Council, a by-election shall normally be held and the person elected to fill the vacancy will be elected for a three-year term”.

Corporate Governance

Reserved to the Council

Charter 

18

Creation, amendment and repeal of Ordinances and Regulations.

Council

The Council may make Ordinances and Regulations (except Regulations governing courses of study and examinations which shall be made by the Senate) and may amend or repeal any Ordinances and Regulations so made. 

In matters relating to teaching and research, Ordinances shall be submitted to the Council on the recommendation of the Senate.

Corporate Governance

 

Education

Reserved to the Council

Statute 12 (The Guild of Students)

12.3

Review of the constitution of the Guild of Students.

Council

The constitution of the Guild of Students must be reviewed by the Council every five years, and any changes to the constitution must be approved by Council.

Detailed oversight will take place through the Guild Liaison Sub-Committee, which will make recommendations for Council’s approval.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Selection Committees

Standing Committees for Personal Chairs and Readerships

Faculty Annual Review Committees  

Vice-Chancellor  

Remuneration Committee

Selection Committees

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Appointment of staff.

Appointments to Personal Chairs and Readerships.

Promotions of academic staff.

Power to amend terms and conditions of individual members of staff (including promotions to Chairs, Readerships and Senior Management grade (10)) outside timetabled procedures in order to retain such staff.

Issues of remuneration for senior staff (professorial and grade 10 professional services staff).

Appointment to offices within the University (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of Department/School, Public Orator etc).

Transfer of named Chair title.

Selection Committees must be constituted for these purposes, in accordance with the relevant HR procedures.

 

Any title given to a Personal Chair should be agreed at Faculty level and then by the Standing Committee on Personal Chairs at the time it approves the promotion.

 

This delegation does not include:

 

Appointment of the Chancellor, President and Vice-President of the Council, the Lay Officers, the Vice-Chancellor, the Clerk to Council and the Auditors, which appointments the Council reserves unto itself. Likewise, persons holding these offices are required to submit their resignations to the Council and it would be the Council which would dismiss or remove them from office. Provisions relating to the dismissal of other staff are contained in the procedures required under the provisions of Ordinance 13.

 

There is an agreed process for the transfer of named Chair titles which echoes the standard University recruitment processes.  Where a title only is to be transferred, a case should be made to the relevant Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor to confer the title through an internal appointment process.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor or, in the case of professional services staff, to the Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The appointment of recognised teachers and other honorary staff.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Vice-Chancellor

The appointment of Visiting Professors and the conferment of the title of Emeritus Professor.

On the recommendation of the Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the relevant Faculty.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor or his/her Faculty Management Team.

The appointment of External Examiners.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

The appointment of External Examiners for programmes leading to the University’s awards delivered wholly or partly at the University’s partner institutions.

People and Organisational Development

 

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

(see also Ordinances 3-13 and 15-18)

9.1.3

To appoint such office holders and new staff having such powers and duties and upon such terms and conditions as the Council may see fit.

Vice-Chancellor

The appointment of individuals to represent the University on outside bodies.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.7

To make Ordinances for any matters for which Ordinances are authorised to be made.

Vice-Chancellor  

May approve minor changes to update Ordinances and Regulations or reflect separately approved changes to policy, academic programmes etc.

Council reserves the right to make new Ordinances and Regulations (except Regulations governing the courses of study and examinations which are made by the Senate) or to make material changes to the Ordinances and Regulations.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.8

To make Regulations for any purpose for which Regulations are authorised to be made, except Regulations governing the courses of study and examinations, which shall be made by the Senate.

Vice-Chancellor

May approve minor changes to update Ordinances and Regulations or reflect separately approved changes to policy, academic programmes etc.

Council reserves the right to make new Ordinances and Regulations (except Regulations governing the courses of study and examinations which are made by the Senate) or to make material changes to the Ordinances and Regulations.

Education

 

Research 

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.9

To oversee the academic endeavours of the University; to ensure that there is an effective framework in place to  manage the quality of learning and teaching and to maintain academic standards; and to ensure that the welfare of students is secured.

Senate and its committees

Senior Executive Group

Planning and Resources Committee (in relation to financial and planning policies)

Senior Executive Group

Detailed oversight.

Power to grant outline approval for smaller scale academic partnerships, with detailed scrutiny and approval being given as set out in the detailed guidance on committee powers.

Power to approve operational arrangements to support student welfare.

The power to approve and amend non-academic policies, such policies being made available on the Council members’ intranet.

The power to approve minor amendments to all non-academic policies (e.g. the Policy Manual for Expenses Claimed via University systems).

The Council retains responsibility for these matters, receiving annual reports on quality assurance, student conduct and student complaints and appeals, as well as other ad hoc reports, as required. Council reserves the right to approve major academic partnerships and developments.

Statutory duties relating to the governance and oversight of the Guild of Students are fulfilled by the Council.

Corporate Governance

 

Education

 

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.10

 

To govern, manage and regulate the finances, accounts, investments, property, business and all the affairs of the University so as to ensure solvency and sustainability and for that purpose to appoint bankers and any other officers or agents whom it may seem expedient to appoint.

 

Planning and Resources Committee

 

Planning and Resources Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor

 

Senior Executive Group

The Chair of the Fees and Scholarships Advisory Group

 

Detailed oversight.

Authority to commit expenditure of between £1m and £5m.

Executive authority to manage the affairs of the University on a day to day basis, including authority to commit expenditure on projects of a value of up to £1m, is delegated to the Vice-Chancellor

Power to exercise his/her executive authority to manage the affairs of the University through the Senior Executive Group, either collectively or by delegation to individual members of it.

The setting of tuition fees and approval of scholarships and bursary schemes, including approval of the annual Access Agreement if timescales require.

Powers to approve expenditure on fee waivers, scholarships and bursaries of up to £50,000.

The Council reserves the right: to set strategic direction; to approve all major strategies (including major strategic partnerships and developments) and the University annual budget and accounts; to commit expenditure over £5m; and to monitor performance.

Statute 10.2.3 states Council cannot delegate its powers to “ensure the solvency of the University and safeguard its assets”.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.11

To invest any moneys of the University in accordance with all relevant laws and for those purposes the Council shall have the authority to enter into any financial instrument which is ancillary or incidental to the exercise of such powers.

Investments Sub-Committee

Director of Finance  

For investments portfolio.

Other unapplied income.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.12

To give guarantees or other appropriate undertakings.

Planning and Resources Committee

Vice-Chancellor

 

Council

Guarantees for amounts between £1m-£5m.

Guarantees for amounts up to £1m.

Reserves the right to approve guarantees for amounts of more than £5m.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.13

To sell, buy, exchange, lease and accept leases of real and personal property on behalf of the University.

Investments Sub-Committee

Planning and Resources Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Council

Investment property.

Other property of value between £1m-£5m.

Other property of value up to £1m.

Reserves the right to approve major changes (defined as being of value more than £5m) to the University’s investment portfolio and the sale/purchase of balance sheet assets of value more than £5m.

Estates and Sustainability

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.14

To provide buildings, premises, furniture and equipment and other means needed for carrying on the work of the University.

Planning and Resources Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Council

Approval of capital projects / expenditure of a value between £1m and £5m.

Approval of capital projects / expenditure of a value up to £1m.

Reserves the right to approve capital projects / expenditure of a value of more than £5m.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.15

To borrow money on behalf of the University, and for that purpose, if the Council thinks fit, to mortgage all or any part of the property of the University or to give such other security whether upon such property or otherwise as the Council thinks fit and for those purposes the Council shall have the authority to enter into any financial instrument which is ancillary to or incidental to the exercise of such powers.

Planning and Resources Committee

Vice-Chancellor

Council

For amounts between £1m-£5m.

For amounts up to £1m.

Reserves the right to approve borrowings of amounts of more than £5m.

Corporate Governance

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Statute 9 (Powers and duties of the Council)

9.1.16

To enter into, vary, carry out and cancel contracts on behalf of the University.

The Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The Director of Finance

The Director of Legal and Compliance

The Director of Facilities, Residential and Commercial Services

The Director of Computing Services

Vice-Chancellor

 

Other designated signatories

 

 

 

Signatory for sealed contracts.

Signatory for contracts which do not require the University Seal.

Requires two signatures.

Education

 

Research

Primary delegation of powers and duties relating to Council

Ordinance 29

(Affiliation, recognition and associate college status)

Passim

All the powers and duties of the Council in relation to the granting and withdrawing of affiliation, recognition and associate college status.

Collaborative Provision Committee

Postgraduate Research Committee

Granting and withdrawing of affiliation, recognition and associate college status where the partner institution’s relationship with the University relates to teaching provision.

Granting and withdrawing of affiliation, recognition and associate college status where the partner institution’s relationship with the University relates to research degree provision.

Council would be expected to have given its approval for major new partnerships, prior to formal affiliation, recognition or associate college status having been granted.

Education


Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.2

To direct and regulate the teaching and instruction within the University and the examinations held by the University.

Senate

Senate

 

Academic Quality and Standards Committee

Collaborative Provision Committee

Senior Executive Group

Senior Executive Group

 

 

Oversight of academic strategy and policy.

 

New or significantly revised academic policies require approval by the Senate

Minor changes to policies relating to teaching quality and standards.

Minor changes to policies related to collaborative provision (teaching).

Minor changes to other policies relating to students.

The setting of dates for the academic year.

 

Clause 13 of the Charter states that: “There shall be a Senate of the University which shall, subject to control by the Council as prescribed by the Statutes, oversee the teaching and research of the University”.

Statute 11.1 states “Subject to the oversight of the Council, the Senate shall be responsible for promoting research; for promoting and regulating learning and teaching; and for maintaining the quality and standards of the University’s academic provision”.

New draft policies or amended policies will be made available to Senate members at the earliest opportunity on their intranet.

Minor changes (including specific exceptions notwithstanding the provisions of a policy) to such policies can be approved by the relevant committee of Senate

Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.3

To promote research within the University and to call for reports from time to time on such research.

Senate

Postgraduate Research Committee

Senior Executive Group

 

Through oversight of research strategy and policy.

New or significantly revised research policies require approval by the Senate.

Minor changes to policies relating to postgraduate research students.

Minor changes to other research-related policies.

Clause 13 of the Charter states that: “There shall be a Senate of the University which shall, subject to control by the Council as prescribed by the Statutes, oversee the teaching and research of the University”.

Statute 11.1 states “Subject to the oversight of the Council, the Senate shall be responsible for promoting research; for promoting and regulating learning and teaching; and for maintaining the quality and standards of the University’s academic provision”.

Minor changes (including specific exceptions notwithstanding the provisions of a policy) to such policies can be approved by the relevant committee of Senate.

Education


Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.4

To promote the maintenance of appropriate quality and standards in the University’s academic provision, including provision offered in collaboration with other institutions or organisations.

Senate

Academic Quality and Standards Committee

Through oversight of the University’s strategy and policies for the assurance and enhancement of standards and quality in learning and teaching.

New or significantly revised policies relating to quality and standards require approval by the Senate

Minor changes to such policies relating to the assurance and enhancement of standards and quality in learning and teaching.

Minor changes to such policies can be approved by the Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

Senate receives an annual report on the quality assurance of taught provision.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.6

To make Regulations governing courses of study and examinations and to carry them into effect.

Senate

Vice-Chancellor

New or significantly amended Regulations.

Minor changes to update Regulations or reflect separately approved changes to policy, academic programmes etc.

Education


Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.7

To award degrees (other than honorary degrees), diplomas, certificates and other academic awards or distinctions and, after consultation with the Council, to revoke such degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic awards or distinctions conferred by the University, and to withdraw privileges associated therewith.

Committee for the Award of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Vice-Chancellor

 

Senior Executive Group

Power to award degrees etc.

Power to award degrees etc.

The setting of dates for degree ceremonies.

Acting on behalf of Committee for the Award of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Education

 

Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.9

To make proposals for new degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards and distinctions.

Senate

Senate

Approval of the introduction of a new award (e.g. Bachelor of Science).

Approval of a new joint award, based on partnerships to deliver pure research degree provision.

For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that this provision relates to new awards rather than new programmes of study. While Senate would approve the introduction of a new award (e.g. Bachelor of Science), new programmes of study are approved by the Academic Quality and Standards Committee, except for programmes involving collaborative provision which are approved by the University Approval Panel.

Proposals for collaborative partnerships to deliver pure research degree provision (MPhil/PhD/MD) are approved by the Postgraduate Research Committee, although, if these involve the creation of a new joint award, this will require the approval of Senate.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.10

To regulate the admission of students to the University and their continuance therein.

Senate

Recruitment, Admissions and Widening Participation Committee

Senior Executive Group

 

New or significantly amended admissions policies/codes of practice.

Delegated authority to approve minor amendments to existing policies/codes of practice relating to the recruitment and admission of students.

Strategic decisions relating to student intakes and offer levels (including decisions about strategy for Confirmation and Clearing) and fee levels.

Education

 

Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.11

To oversee the appointment and work of External Examiners.

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Faculty Management Team

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education 

 

Senate

 

The appointment of External Examiners.

Approval of the establishment of new external examiner posts.

Appointment of external examiners for provision taught wholly or partly at partner institutions and leading to the University’s awards.  

New or significantly amended policies on external examining.

An overview of external examining is included in the annual report on the quality assurance of taught provision which is submitted to Senate.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.12

To determine, subject to any conditions made by the Founders and accepted by the Council, the times, mode and conditions of competition for fellowships, studentships, scholarships and prizes and to award the same.

Relevant Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Faculty Management Team

Senior Executive Group

Approval of fellowships etc. which are Faculty or School-specific.

Approval of institution-wide bursary and scholarships schemes.

Includes delegated powers to approve any necessary Regulations.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.13

To regulate and superintend the discipline of students in the University.

Senate

Senate appointed individuals serving on bodies constituted for the purpose

To recommend for approval to Council new policies and major changes to policies relating to student conduct.

Consideration of student discipline cases.

Senate will receive an annual report on student disciplinary cases.

Corporate Governance

 

Education

 

Research

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 21 (The Senate)

21.5.14

To report to Council on any Statute and Ordinance and on all proposed changes of Statutes and Ordinances and on any academic matter.

Vice-Chancellor

Approval of minor (non-substantive or consequential) changes to Ordinances

This power is delegated by Council on the recommendation of the relevant committee.  Senate, therefore, would not report to Council on such minor changes.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance  26 (Students’ Admission, Studies and Conduct)

26.1

Students admitted to study at the University shall, at their initial registration as students of the University, agree to abide by all the relevant rules, regulations, policies and codes of practice of the University. These shall include, but may not be limited to, rules, regulations, policies and codes of practice relating to:

 

Admissions and Registration*

Attendance*

Complaints and Appeals

Conduct and Discipline

Diversity and Equality

Examinations and Assessment*

Fitness to Practise

Freedom of Speech

Health and Safety

IT Services

Library

Payment of Fees*

Progress in Studies*

Suspension of Studies*

Senate

Approval of rules, regulations, policies and codes of practice in relation to:-

-          Admissions and Registration*

-          Attendance*

-          Examinations and Assessment*

-          Payment of Fees*

-          Progress in Studies*

-          Suspension of Studies*

Although Clause 26.2 of this Ordinance states that all relevant rules, regulations, policies and codes of practice shall have the same force as Ordinances (which must be approved by Council), any rules, regulations, policies and codes of practice relating to the areas marked with an asterisk opposite may be approved by the Senate without recourse to the Council.

Education

Primary delegation relating to Senate

Ordinance 29 (Affiliation, recognition and associate college status)

Passim

All the powers and duties of the Senate to make recommendations to the Council concerning affiliation, recognition and associate college status.

Collaborative Provision Committee

Postgraduate Research Committee

Granting and withdrawing of affiliation, recognition and associate college status where the partner institution’s relationship with the University relates to teaching provision.

Granting and withdrawing of affiliation, recognition and associate college status where the partner institution’s relationship with the University relates to research degree provision.

As Council has delegated its powers to the Collaborative Provision Committee and the Postgraduate Research Committee, Senate would not therefore make recommendations to the Council concerning affiliation, recognition and associate college status.