Governance & University Committees
The university exists by virtue of a Royal Charter first granted in 1966. Its governing body is called the Council and comprises a mix of independent members and staff and students of the university. The university is an exempt charity as defined by the Charities Act 2011.
The Council appoints the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers. Its powers, duties and functions are set out in full in the Statutes. Council has established a range of Committees to carry out its work.
The academic governing body of the university is the Senate, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. Senate's powers, duties and functions are set out in the Statutes, and it has established a number of Committees to assist it in its work.