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Main University Committees

The Secretariat is responsible for servicing several of the University's key governing and operational committees. Below is a non-exhaustive list (please see the University Committee Structure Diagram for a full list of University bodies).



The Council, the University's governing body, is comprised of 23 members, the majority of whom are lay (neither staff nor students of the University). The Council is currently serviced by Catherine Cho.

The Secretariat is responsible for servicing five of the committees which underpin and support the work of the Council. These are:



The Senate, comprising more than 160 staff and student members, is the University's primary body for academic governance. Serviced by Guy Dixon, it reports to the Council, but can express an opinion on any matter concerning the University.




The Court, while not a decision-making body, serves as a mechanism for - and a symbol of - the University's accountability to the wider community. The Court has around 90 members, meets at least twice a year and is serviced by Guy Dixon.

The Committee on Honorary Degrees which reports specifically to the Court, is serviced by Rebecca Messenger-Clark.


University Executive Group

The University's Executive is formally known as the University Executive Group, or UEG.

Its role includes promoting and protecting the interests of students; supporting staff; academic development and institutional sustainability; formulating and implementing the University's Strategic Plan; and resource allocation.

The Group is currently serviced by Guy Dixon.


Last updated: 2.1.2020 (CLLC)