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The Secretariat is led by David Wardle, Deputy Secretary. Its work is organised within three teams - Governance Support, Legal Affairs and Student Cases. Together, their primary responsibility is assisting the University Secretary in promoting the best standards of corporate governance throughout the institution.

Governance Support:

This team's responsibilities include ensuring that principal decision-making bodies are provided with timely information, analysis and advice. It also oversees the constitutional operation of the University as a whole, by administering:

The team is headed by Catherine Cho (Head of Governance Support), and includes Helena Smith, Rebecca Messenger-Clark, Helen Pickersgill and Dawn Thompson.


Student Cases:

This team is responsible for the administration of the University's procedures in relation to the following:

  • Academic appeals (by taught and research students)
  • The University's Student Complaints Procedure
  • Reports of hate crime, sexual assault and online harassment
  • Allegations of cheating and plagiarism
  • Student discipline cases
  • Student progress cases, including the Fitness to Study procedure
  • Student health and conduct
  • Advice on the regulations for taught programmes of study

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The team includes Rebecca Dearden (Head of Student Cases), Jenny Foggin, Guy Dixon, Cheryl Cox, Alison Usher and Lucy Scott.

Legal Affairs:

The Legal Affairs team is headed by the University Solicitor, Adrian Slater, who provides the University with in-house legal advice.

The team also includes Caroline Coulsey, Melanie Steed, Kelly Simpson and Tracey Crombie.








Last updated - 26.2.2019 (CLLC)

Other Matters:

The Secretariat is also responsible for a number of business planning and outward-facing activities, including:

David Wardle (Deputy Secretary) has overall responsibility for these activities, with support from other members of the Secretariat, including Louise McCunniff and Daksha Chavda.