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Organisation of the University

The University is governed primarily via the Council and the Senate, which are supported by various committees within the different services and colleges. On this site you can find details about the University's governance structure and decision-making processes and also find more information about the work of Council and other University committees.


  • Her Majesty the Queen

Independent (Non-Executive) Officers

  • Sir Michael Barber 
    The Chancellor is the chief ceremonial officer of the University and presides over occasions such as degree ceremonies.
  • Sarah J Turvill, LLB (Hons) (Exon) (Chair of Council) 
    The Chair of Council is the senior Independent (non-executive) officer of the University and is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the strategic, financial and physical management of the University.
  • Sarah Buck OBE 
    Sir Richard Atkins

University Executive Board