The University is an independent corporation whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter granted in 1905. Its objectives, powers and governance framework are set out in the Charter and its supporting Statutes. The University's Charter requires the existence of the following three bodies:
The University's Council is the governing body of the University, responsible for the strategic development and overall performance of the University's business.
Council membership comprises lay and academic persons appointed under the Statutes of the University, the majority of whom are non-executive. Much of the work of Council is carried out through formally constituted committees.
The minutes of Council meetings are available on the Council web page.
The Senate is the academic authority of the University, whose role is to direct and regulate the teaching and research work of the University.
Its membership is drawn mainly from the academic staff of the University. Much of the work of Council is carried out through formally constituted committees.
The minutes of Senate meetings are available on the Senate web page.
The Court is a large, formal body comprised mainly of lay members. Its membership is representative of the University and the community in which it is set.
Court meets once per year to receive annual reports from Council and Senate, and to receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements of the University.