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Court, Council, Senate and Committees


The Court of the University receives the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the University at its meeting in February/March each year.

The main functions of the Court are:

  • Appointing the University President on the recommendation of the Council
  • Appointing a Vice-President or Vice-Presidents on the recommendation of the Council
  • Appointing members of the Court and the Council
  • Receiving the Annual Report on the work of the University from the Vice-Chancellor
  • Receiving the audited Statement of Accounts
  • Discussing any matters relating to the University and advising the Council as needed


The Council of the University is the executive authority of the University and is responsible for the management and administration of the finances and property of the University. It has the ultimate power of decision in respect of all matters affecting the University.

A Handbook is issued to members setting out their duties and responsibilities as Council members. The Council is responsible for appointing Heads of academic Departments.

Membership of Council 

The Council is seeking the nomination of individuals, who are not currently members of staff or students of the University, as co-opted members. We welcome nominations from anyone interested in using their skills and experience to help the University to achieve its ambitions. 

More information about the membership of Council


The Senate of the University is the chief academic authority of the University and is responsible for determining the educational policy of the University.


Committees perform a variety of functions and it is their terms of reference, as defined by Ordinance, which determine their composition, powers and their lines of reporting. They may also provide a means of representation and consultation.

For more information about university committees and membership, please visit Committee Support.