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The Secretariat is led by David Wardle, Deputy Secretary. Its work is organised within five teams - Governance Support, Student Cases, Legal Services, Records Management and Information Governance, and Research Governance and Integrity. 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, Guy Dixon, 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 is led by Rebecca Dearden (Head of Student Cases) and includes Jenny Foggin, Cheryl Cox, Alison Usher and Lucy Scott.

Legal Services:

The Legal Services 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.


Research Governance and Integrity:

The is responsible for research ethical review policy and practice, research integrity, and the quality assurance of clinical research.

Headed by Clare Skinner, the team also includes Rachel De Souza, Jean Uniacke.








Last updated - 6.7.2020 (CLLC)

Records Management and Information Governance:

The Records Management and Information Governance team is headed by Alice Temple. The team is responsible for matters relating to data protection, data subject access and Freedom of Information requests, and the University's records management policy.

The team also includes Rebecca Messenger-Clark.

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 Maxine Brown and Daksha Chavda.