Jennifer Sewel

Job title
University Secretary and Registrar


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As University Secretary and Registrar, Jennifer Sewel (BA, LLB (Hons), DLP, MBA) is responsible, amongst other things, for providing advice and support to the Governing Body (Council), Senate and their committees.

Her work includes; corporate governance, ethics and reputation; overseeing the University’s response to changes in the external regulatory framework; legal services; policy and compliance including, Data Protection, Freedom of Information; Freedom of Expression, Prevent; Student discipline, complaints and appeals; whistleblowing, misconduct in academic research; Protocol, and oversight of the management of critical incidents (including student emergencies).

The direct reports of the University Secretary and Registrar include the Secretariat, Policy, Funding and Regulation, Communications and Engagement, Risk Management, and Wellbeing, Safety and Health.

Jennifer has worked in the Higher Education sector since 1996, most recently as University Secretary at Durham University and previously as Director of Policy, Planning and Governance at the University of Aberdeen.

Prior to moving to Higher Education, Jennifer worked within the Financial Services sector and in the Civil Service. She studied law at the University of Aberdeen (LLB Hons; and Diploma in Legal Practice), has a Bachelor of Arts from the Open University and a MBA (Higher Education) from University College London Institute of Education.