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Senior Officers and Executive Management
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Names and information of Senior Officers of the University are available here.

Although the Council usually meets six times each academic year, much of its detailed work is initially handled by committees; in particular, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Audit Committee, the Estates Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and the Enterprise and Innovation Committee.  The Council also has a Redundancy Committee.  The decisions and recommendations of these committees are formally reported to the Council.

These Committees, and in some cases others, are formally constituted as committees of the Council with written terms of reference and specified membership, including a significant proportion of lay members (from whom the person in the chair is usually selected).

The principal academic and administrative officer of the University is the Vice-Chancellor who has a general responsibility to the Council for maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University.  Under the terms of the formal Memorandum of Assurance and Accountability between the University and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Vice-Chancellor is the accountable officer of the University and in that capacity can be summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons.

As chief executive of the University, the Vice-Chancellor exercises considerable influence upon the development of institutional strategy, the identification and planning of new developments and the shaping of the institutional ethos.  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the Faculty Deans and the senior administrative officers all contribute in various ways to the aspect of the work, but the ultimate responsibility for what is done rests with the Council.

The University maintains a Register of Interests of the following categories of members of the University:  the Council, the Audit Committee, the Estates Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and the University Management Advisory Group (UMAG).  It also includes all staff members of the Senate (including Faculty Deans, College Principals, and Heads of Departments).  Plus all principal investigators linked to live research grants, and Senior Officers of the University.  The Register may be consulted by arrangement with the Director of Strategic Planning and Governance.

The Statutes of the University specify that the University Secretary is named as Secretary of the Council.  Any enquiries about the constitution and governance of the University should be addressed to the Head of Governance Services.  Copies of the reports on key performance indicators may also be obtained from the Director of Strategic Planning and Governance.
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