Current governance and oversight

Our role is to advise and assist the Vice-Chancellor, the Council and its members, as well as other senior officers of the university, in providing good governance to the university, decision making, adherence to process, strategic oversight and risk management. This includes providing secretariat to the Council and its attendant committees, including administration and facilitation of meetings and their associated processes as well as providing guidance on managing ad-hoc issues and interpreting the statutes and ordinances. We aim to keep Council members are kept up-to-date on related developments in Higher Education thinking.

The OSG is independent of Academic Governance and the Executive, though it works closely with these in delivering its functions.

The OSG supports the following committees:

Improvements and future ways of working

Our understanding of good governance and the needs of the University have both developed over time, and it is our role to help the university adapt their approaches accordingly. This ranges from implementing minor process tweaks to major strategic projects.

We are currently leading the Root and Branch Review to assess and revise our key governance as documented in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances. This is a two-year project, aiming to create an easy-to-use, supple and modern governance framework for the University that takes into account major changes in the regulatory landscape and enshrines the enduring values and culture of the University.

Accessible committee report templates

You can download report templates for our committees below:

Public Interest Disclosure Policy (Whistleblowing)

This Procedure is designed to deal with concerns raised in relation to specific issues, which are in the public interest and can be found here

The University's Code of Ethics

This Code applies to all staff, including Emeritus Professors, honorary and visiting staff, and students of the University, who must act responsibly and ethically and in accordance with the seven principles of public life set out by the Nolan Committee: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. It can be found here.