Last updated: 14 January 2021
(as of June 2020)
1.1. Article 13 of the Articles of Association stipulates that the ‘affairs of the University shall be conducted by the Council who may exercise all such powers of the University as are not by the (Companies) Act or by these Articles required to be exercised by the University in General Meeting….’
2.1. Article 14 deals with delegation by the Council, and determines that the Council may not delegate:
a. The determination of the educational character and mission of the University;
b. The approval of the annual estimates of income and expenditure (the budget);
c. Ensuring the solvency of the University and the safeguarding of its assets;
d. The appointment and dismissal of the senior staff (the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Secretary and the Senior Chaplain); or
e. The varying or revoking of the Articles of Association of the University.
3.1. The Council has approved a statement of its primary responsibilities. It is attached as Appendix 1
4.1. In addition to the matters which the Council may not delegate, the Council has resolved to reserve to itself the following:
5.1. Major changes to the organisational structure of the University;
5.2. The establishment or abolition of committees reporting to the Council;
5.3. The appointment of its Chair and Vice-Chair (Article 12);
5.4. The appointment of external members of the Council (Article 9); and
5.5. The appointment of the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor(s) (Article 19).
6.1. The approval of the strategic plan;
6.2. The approval of major subsidiary strategies (those which are academic should be recommended by the Academic Board);
6.3. Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the University in delivering the strategic plan.
7.1. To make the annual assurance statement on academic matters as part of the Annual Accountability Return.
8.1. Approval of the financial strategy;
8.2. Decisions on the University’s maximum fee for courses within the scope of the Access and Participation Plan;
8.3. The appointment of the University’s bankers;
8.4. Approval of the Annual Report and Financial Statements;
8.5. Approval of the Annual Corporate Planning Statement and financial Forecasts (statutory return to the Office for Students (OfS));
8.6. Approval of major capital expenditure (in excess of £500,000 if unbudgeted; in excess of £3m for one project if budgeted);
8.7. Approval of leases in excess of 5 years with an annual value in excess of £500k;
8.8. Writing off bad debts in excess of £750K;
8.9. Approval of borrowing limits and facilities; and
8.10. The determination of policy, procedures and rates for any allowances to be paid to members of the Council.
9.1. The appointment of the external auditors and the determination of the audit fee;
9.2. The appointment of the internal auditors;
9.3. The setting of the University’s Risk Appetite;
9.4. Approval and monitoring of risk management policies and procedures, in particular the corporate risk register; and
9.5. Approval of the University Health & Safety Policy and consideration of the Annual Report on Health & Safety.
10.1. Decisions on participation in national arrangements for salaries and other staffing matters; and
10.2. Approval of the remuneration (including levels and rates of Performance Related Pay), terms and conditions of employment and all other benefits, and severance terms for the Vice-Chancellor;
10.3. The framework for the appointment of Staff and the pay and conditions of employment for all members of the Staff (Article 21.1).
11.1. The approval of the Students’ Union constitution and any amendments to it (Article 27); and
11.2. Regulations for student conduct and discipline (Article 27.3).
12.1. The purchase, sale, exchange or leasing of University land and buildings (value over £3m).
13.1. The approval and amendment of Council Standing Orders;
13.2. The removal from office of members of the Council (Article 10.4); and
13.3. Constitutional arrangements for the Academic Board (Articles 25 and 26).
14.1. Where necessary for the good conduct of the University, and when a decision by circulation is not practicable, the Chair may take decisions on behalf of the Council between meetings. Such decisions shall be reported to the next meeting of the Council.
14.2. The appraisal of the VC and the University Secretary. Chair
14.3. The submission of reportable events to the Office for Students Uni Sec
14.4. The use of the University seal, in accordance with agreed procedures. Uni Sec
14.5. Maintenance of the Register of Council Members’ Interests. Uni Sec
14.6. Conferral (and withdrawal) of academic awards (other than research degrees). PABs
14.7. Conferral and withdrawal of all Research awards. URDC
14.8. Approval of academic regulations. AB
14.9. Approval of Financial Policy and Regulations. F&GPC
14.10. Responsibility for non-regulated tuition fees UEC
14.11. Strategic monitoring of the University’s overall financial position . F&GPC
14.12. Agreement of Treasury Management Policy. F&GPC
14.13. Agreement of Investment Policy and appointment of investment managers. F&GPC
14.14. Approval of major capital expenditure in excess of £750K and up to £3M F for one project if budgeted. F&GPC
14.15. Approval of leases in excess of 5 years with an annual value in excess of £250k and up to £500k. F&GPC
14.16. Financial allocations to schools/departments. UEC
14.17. Financial allocations to services. UEC
14.18. Writing off bad debts in excess of £100K and up to £750K. F&GPC
14.19. Writing off bad debts in excess of £30k and up to £100k. VC
14.20. Writing off bad debts of £30k or less. CFO
14.21. Ensuring insurance of premises, assets of the University. UEC
14.22. The establishment and closure of subsidiary companies, and the arrangements for their constitution including oversight of their financial results and the impact on the University. F&GPC
14.23. Investment in other entities up to £3M and oversight of the financial impact on the University .F&GPC
14.24. Approval for the opening or closing of bank accounts. F&GPC
14.25. Approval of bank signatories. F&GPC
14.26. Appointment of the University’s insurers . HR and Staffing Matters F&GPC
14.27. Approval of the remuneration (including levels and rates of Performance Related Pay), terms and conditions of employment and all other benefits, and severance payments for all members of University Executive Committee (with the exception of the Vice-Chancellor). RHRC
14.28. Appointment of Deans. VC
14.29. Appointment of Professors. VC
14.30. Appointment of Heads of Academic Schools. VC/DVC
14.31. Appointment of Senior Non-Academic Staff. Exec Mbr
14.32. Operation of and minor changes to health & safety policy. Audit and Compliance UEC
14.33. To report to Council on the adequacy and effectiveness of the University’s arrangements for:
14.34. The investigation of any activity within its terms of reference. Audit Cttee
14.35. Approval of the nature and scope of the external audit. Audit Cttee
14.36. Approval of the internal audit needs assessment and audit plan. Audit Cttee
14.37. Strategic oversight of anti-fraud and anti-money laundering policies. Audit Cttee
14.38. Strategic oversight of value for money policy. Audit Cttee
14.39. Student Complaints procedure – operation and changes. AB
14.40. Student disciplinary procedures – operation. SR
14.41. Determining student residence fees. UEC
Media / PR Matters
14.42. Authorisation of media releases. DCMSR
14.43. Approval of the use of the University logo. DCMSR
15.1. Article 18.4 gives the VC the following powers and duties:
a. Making proposals to the Council about the educational character and mission of the University and for implementing the decisions of the Council;
b. The organisation, direction and management of the University and leadership of the staff;
c. The appointment, assignment, grading, appraisal, suspension, dismissal and determination – within the framework set by the Council – of the pay and conditions of service of staff other than Senior Staff;
d. The determination, after consultation with the Academic Board, of the University’s academic activities, and for the determination of its other activities;
e. Preparing annual estimates of income and expenditure, for consideration by the Council, and for the management of budgets and resources, within the estimates approved by the Council; and
f. The maintenance of student discipline and, within the rules and procedures provided within the Articles, for the suspension and expulsion of students on disciplinary grounds and for implementing decisions to expel students for academic reasons.
15.2. The Vice-Chancellor may delegate any or all the powers in paragraph 15.1, other than where the Articles or the Regulations of the Council prohibit such delegation.
15.3. The Vice-Chancellor also has the responsibilities of the ‘Accountable Officer’ as set out by the Office for Students in Regulatory advice 10: Accountable officers Guidance for providers on the responsibilities of accountable officers.
15.4. The Council has also delegated the following specific powers to the Vice-Chancellor:
a. Expenditure authority up to £750k.
b. The appointment of the University’s legal advisors.
16.1. On the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor, the Council has delegated the following powers to the Academic Board:
a. Advising on the educational character and mission, and the strategic development of the academic work of the University;
b. The conferral of academic awards;
c. Oversight of the academic work and activities of the University;
e. Safeguarding and enhancing academic standards through effective quality assurance processes;
f. The termination of enrolment of students for academic reasons (Article 28);
g. Responses to external bodies relating to the academic work of the University;
h. Providing assurance to Council on all academic matters, including those listed above, to enable the Council to make the annual assurance statement on academic matters as part of the Annual Accountability Return.
16.2. A note of the abbreviations used is given in Appendix 2.
Appendix 1 – Statement of Primary Responsibilities
Scheme of Delegations – Abbreviations used in the scheme
AB Academic Board
CFO Chief Financial Officer
DCMSR Director of Communications, Marketing, and Student Recruitment
DVC Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Exec Mbr Appropriate member of Executive Team
F&GPC Finance and General Purposes Committee
PABs Progression and Award Boards
RHRC Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
SR Student Registrar
UEC University Executive Committee
Uni Sec University Secretary
URDC University Research Degrees Committee