Primary Responsibilities of Governing Council

The University of Derby is a private company limited by guarantee and is an exempt charity.

The following statement sets out the primary responsibilities exercised by the Governing Council. This statement has been informed by the CUC Guide for Members of HE Governing Bodies in the UK.

The governing body of the University and the board of directors of the Company shall be known as the Governing Council. The primary responsibilities of the Governing Council are to:

  1. Determine the educational character and academic direction and integrity of the University and to ensure that students of the University have a high quality learning experience leading to academic awards which are subject to the application of appropriate academic standards.
  2. Approve the mission and strategic aims of the University, the Corporate Plan, budget, statutory accounts and the key indicators of University performance. Council must ensure that the University is financially sustainable and is using its resources efficiently for the benefit of its students and stakeholders.
  3. Hold the Vice‐Chancellor as Chief Executive to account for the leadership and management of the institution. Also to establish and keep under regular review the policies, procedures and limits within which the management functions under the authority of the Vice‐Chancellor.
  4. Ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability including financial and operational controls, solvency and risk assessment.
  5. Ensure that the University fulfils its legal obligations to provide accurate and timely information and reports to external bodies as required; and comply with financial memoranda issued by funding bodies and other such contractual commitments as it may legitimately enter into.
  6. Ensure that there are procedures for handling internal grievance, conflicts of interest, fraud and corruption; and to ensure that staff can raise matters of concern.
  7. Ensure that processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the University in each of its major activities against approved targets.
  8. Monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the Governing Council itself.
  9. Conduct its business in accordance with best practice in higher education corporate governance and with the principles of public life drawn up by the Committee of Standards in Public Life.
  10. Appoint the Chancellor of the University, the Vice‐Chancellor as Chief Executive and the Clerk to the Governing Council and to put into place arrangements for monitoring of their performance.
  11. Appoint a Clerk to the Governing Council and to ensure that there is an appropriate separation of her/his lines of accountability from any management functions.
  12. Ensure that there is provision for the appointment, grading, appraisal, remuneration, professional development, welfare, discipline, suspension and dismissal of staff including the senior post holders.
  13. Ensure that students benefit from a valuable learning experience. There must be complaint procedures which students may use and there must be procedures which are used in the event of alleged student disciplinary offences.
  14. Ensure that the Students’ Union is operating in a sound and responsible manner and that University resources granted to the Students’ Union are used appropriately. The Students’ Union Constitution and any proposed amendments must be acceptable to the Governing Council. The Students’ Union shall report on its activities and performance on a regular basis and present the Governing Council with the audited accounts annually.

Date: 1 August 2013