In addition to Academic Council, the University’s governance structure includes five sub-committees of the Court of Governors.

Each sub-committee has specific responsibilities, delegated by the Court and defined in the committee terms of reference.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee reviews the work of the external and internal auditors of the University. The Committee considers detailed reports on risk management, control, governance and value for money, together with recommendations for the improvement of the University’s systems of internal control and management’s response and implementation plans. It also receives and considers reports from the Office for Students and monitors adherence with the regulatory requirements. It reviews the University’s annual financial statements and accounting policies.

Members: Matthew Smith (Chair); Karen Dunnell; Fiona Ross (Vacancies: Deputy Chair; independent governor member; independent non-governor member)

Meeting dates 2019–20: 17 September 2019; 8 October 2019; 14 November 2019; 31 March 2020; 9 June 2020

Meeting dates 2021-21: 15 September 2020; 12 November 2020; 26 January 2021; 23 March 2021; 15 June 2021

Finance and Property Committee

The Finance and Property Committee recommends to the Court the University’s annual revenue and capital budgets (including the estates strategy) and monitors performance in relation to approved budgets. It also recommends to the Court the annual financial statements, having been satisfied that management is properly discharging its responsibilities to control and account for the income, expenditure and assets of the University in compliance with the guidelines of The Office for Students (OfS) and the applicable legislation.

Members: Gary Morley (Chair); Peter Bonfield; Kate McLeod (non-governor member); Helen Owen; David Stanton; Philomine Wales (Vacancies: Deputy Chair; independent governor member)

Meeting dates 2019–20: 19 September 2019; 14 November 2019; 5 March 2020; 7 May 2020; 25 June 2020

Meeting dates 2020-21: 17 September 2020; 12 November 2020; 21 January 2021; 18 February 2021; 29 April 2021; 24 June 2021

Human Resources Committee

The HR Committee reviews the University’s People strategy, policies and related legislation, considers the framework for pay and conditions of staff, and receives and discusses reports on associated matters, including staff training and development and diversity. The Committee regularly monitors staff Key Performance Indicators and reports on these to the Court.

Members: Vanessa James (Interim Chair and Deputy Chair); Helen Owen; David Stanton; Jonathan Stockdale (Vacancies: Chair; independent governor member; non-governor member)

Meeting dates 2019–20: 5 November 2019; 11 February 2020; 23 June 2020

Meeting dates 2020-21: 20 October 2020; 9 February 2021; 22 June 2021

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee makes recommendations on the appointment of new governors, and non-governor members of Court committees. The Committee is also responsible for the procedures for nominating individuals for the award of Honorary Degrees and Fellowships of the University, for considering such nominations, and making recommendations to the Court. When required, it leads the process of search and appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor.

Members: Di Yeo (Chair); Peter Bonfield; David Cheeseman; Graham Meikle; Lin Phillips; Mei Xin Wang (Vacancies: Deputy Chair)

Meeting dates 2019–20: 18 September 2019; 26 February 2020; 20 May 2020

Meeting dates 2020-21: 9 September 2020; 3 March 2021; 19 May 2021

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee meets when appropriate to review the salaries, terms and conditions of employment, and performance measures for the Vice-Chancellor; Deputy Vice-Chancellors; and University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.

Members: David Cheeseman (Chair); Karen Dunnell (Deputy Chair); Matthew Appleton (non-governor member); Vanessa James; Di Yeo

Meeting dates 2019–20: 11 December 2019; 29 April 2020; 5 August 2020

Meeting dates 2920-21: 9 December 2020; 28 April 2021; Wednesday 4 August 2021