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Membership 2018/19

The Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Stuart Croft

The Provost

Professor Christine Ennew

The Registrar

Rachel Sandby-Thomas

The Group Finance Director

Rosie Drinkwater

The Pro-Vice-Chancellors / Academic Vice-President

Professor Christopher Hughes

Professor Simon Swain

Professor Pam Thomas

The Chairs of the Boards of the Faculties



Professor Penny Roberts

Science, Engineering and Medicine

Professor Mike Shipman

Social Sciences

Professor Matthew Nudds

A non-management academic member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate on an annual basis

Professor Jeremy Smith

The President of the Students' Union

Liam Jackson

In Attendance:

Academic Registrar
Commercial Director
Director of Development and External Affairs
Director of Estates
Director, People Group
Director, Strategy and Policy
Secretary to Council

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Terms of Reference

(1) To be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the University strategy, including the coordination of strategic planning and resourcing, and the monitoring of key performance metrics, on behalf of the Senate and the Council.

(2) To approve, on behalf of the Senate and the Council, all staff and student related policies, except where there is an explicit requirement to seek the approval of the Senate, or where adopting the policy would have a significant impact on the financial or budgetary position of the University (any such proposals remaining subject to the responsibilities of the Finance and General Purposes Committee).

(3) To initiate action to ensure that on matters of Senate business the relevant information and advice from other committees and from University officers is available to the Senate.

(4) To ensure that the issues, and the relevant information and advice, are presented to the Senate in a manner which enables a clear decision to be made.

(5) To co-ordinate for the consideration of the Senate and the Council the academic, social and physical aspects of planning for the development of the University, and to ensure that in matters for which the statutory responsibility is laid on the Council the views of the Senate are clearly transmitted.

(6) To act as an executive committee of the Senate, under specific powers delegated by the Senate but only when decisions are urgently needed and Senate cannot conveniently be summoned.

(7) To ensure that all matters are directed to those committees which can most conveniently resolve them.

Reporting Structure

Steering Committee reports to the Senate.

Click here to see a diagrammatic representation of the Committee Structure.

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Secretary: Ros Roke, Director of Strategic Programme Delivery
Assistant Secretary: The support provided to Steering rotates between the Assistant Registrars (Governance)/the Administrative Officer (Governance) so please use steering dot committee at warwick dot ac dot uk in the first instance to make contact with the Steering Secretariat.

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Submission of Papers

Any paper being submitted should have been approved by the appropriate Pro-Vice-Chancellor. A draft copy of the completed paper and cover-sheet should be submitted electronically as a Word document to steering dot committee at warwick dot ac dot uk by no later than 12pm (midday) on the Monday preceding the meeting at which the paper will be considered. Please see the Steering Paper and Coversheet Templates for advice on when a cover sheet is required and how it should be set out.

The Secretariat to Steering will confirm when the paper has been approved, note any amendments required and confirm the paper number.

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Dates of meetings of the Steering Committee can be found within the University Committee Timetable.

Click here to access minutes of previous meetings.

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