The Vice-Chancellor and President is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and thus chief academic and administrative officer, and has responsibility for the development and implementation of institutional strategy and delivery. They are supported by the Provost who leads on academic strategy and delivery, the Registrar who leads on administrative and commercial strategy and delivery, and the Group Finance Director who leads on financial strategy.
However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional level decisions are initially made by a group comprising senior academics and the President of the Students’ Union, supported by senior administrators, who form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly cabinet for the University.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial Head of the University, whose official duties are to confer degrees on behalf of the University. Beyond the formal and representational duties, the Chancellor plays a key role in the University’s life by promoting the work and ambitions of the University in the UK and overseas. The Chancellor also plays an important role in the development and fundraising activities of the University.
Vice-Chancellor and President
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University. The Statutes prescribe that this person has ‘a general responsibility to the Council and the Senate for monitoring and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University’. The Vice-Chancellor and President is the ‘designated officer’, as specified in the HEFCE Financial Memorandum, responsible for ensuring that the University complies with the terms and conditions specified by the Funding Council for the use of Funding Council funds and may be called, with the Chief Executive of the Funding Council who is the accounting officer for the institutions funded by the Council, to give evidence before the Public Accounts Committee. The Vice-Chancellor and President is a member of all University committees and chairs the Senate and a number of committees of the Council and the Senate.
The Provost is appointed on a full-time basis for a fixed period by the Council after consultation with the Senate. Subject to the direction of the Vice-Chancellor and President, the Provost leads on academic strategy and delivery and performs such duties as the Vice-Chancellor and President may delegate to them in the light of University priorities.
The Registrar, subject to the direction of the Vice-Chancellor and President, has responsibility under University Statutes for the administrative delivery of the University. The Registrar is supported by the following Senior Officers:
Director, People Group
Academic Registrar (Director, Education Group)
Director, Engagement Group
Librarian (Director, Knowledge Group)
- Director, Strategy & Policy
- Director, Innovation Group
Group Finance Director
The Group Finance Director is responsible for financial strategy and overseeing all financial arrangements of the University.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellors are appointed on a part-time basis for fixed periods by the Council. The Pro Vice-Chancellors perform such duties as the Vice-Chancellor and Provost may delegate to them in the light of University priorities. To find out more about the primary policy responsibilities of the Pro Vice-Chancellors, please see the below link.
Chairs of Faculty Boards
The Chairs of the Faculty Boards support senior managers of the University. They are part-time elected positions and the appointment is made annually for a period of up to three years. They each chair their respective Faculty Boards and are the representatives of the Faculties on various University committees: