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: Anupam Ganguli (Chair); Karen Dunnell; Michael Pinder (non-governor member); Matthew Smith (Deputy Chair); Nonie Zaremba

Meeting dates 2017-18: 29 August 2017; 10 October 2017; 9 November 2017; 10 April 2018; 15 May 2018


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 HEFCE and the applicable legislation.

Members: Trevor Hope (Chair); Gary Morley (Deputy Chair); Chester Barnes; David Cheeseman; Kate McLeod (non-governor member); Graham Megson; Philip Murphy; David Stanton; Philomine Wales; James Wates

Meeting dates 2017-18: 21 September 2017; 9 November 2017; 25 January 2018; 15 March 2018; 10 May 2018; 28 June 2018

Download the Finance and Property Committee terms of reference

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: Philip Murphy (Chair); Chris Bernard; Anupam Ganguli; Vanessa James; Graham Megson; Helen Owen; Charlotte Valeur (Vacancy: non-governor member)

Meeting dates 2017-18: 7 November 2017; 6 March 2018; 26 June 2018

Download the HR Committee terms of reference

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: Stephen Hart (Chair); Di Yeo (Deputy Chair); John Begg; Karen Dunnell; Graham Megson (Vacancy: independent governor)

Meeting dates 2017-18: 13 September 2017; 7 February 2018; 23 May 2018

Download the Nominations Committee terms of reference

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee meets when appropriate to review the salaries, terms and conditions of employment of senior staff. The Vice-Chancellor withdraws from the Committee when his own remuneration is under review and this is formally recorded. The Committee also sets the framework for remuneration for academic and professional support staff paid salaries above the 51-point national scale.

Members: David Cheeseman (Chair); Karen Dunnell (Deputy Chair); Stephen Hart; Sally Moore (non-governor member); Philip Murphy

Meeting dates 2017-18: 13 December 2017; 21 February 2018; 16 May 2018; 1 August 2018

Download the Remuneration Committee terms of reference

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