2. University Governance and Management
2.1 Central Administration
2.2 Committee Structure (Membership and Remit)
2.3 University Officers (Remits and Responsibilities)
2.5 Academic Schools
2.6 Regulations and Academic Policies
2.7 Key Dates
The University Court is the supreme governing body of the University, its authority derived from Acts of Parliament and its own subordinate Ordinances. These Acts and Ordinances give Court the power to administer all property and revenues of the University and to review the decisions of Senate. It thus has responsibilities for financial matters, staff appointments, and general managerial functions, and for the wellbeing of the University’s staff and students. It has 23 members, drawn from within the University (both Principal's Office appointees and elected Academic staff serving as Senate Assessors), from the local community, and from a wider community of lay experts. The Court is presided over by the Rector, who is elected triennially by the matriculated students of the University. A Senior Governor is elected by Court members themselves from amongst the lay members of Court. Three students are members (the elected President and the DoRep from the SA, and the Rector’s Assessor).
The General Council comprises all the graduates of the University, members and former members of the University Court, and specified present and former members of staff. Its President is the Chancellor (currently Sir Menzies Campbell CBE QC MP), who is the titular head of the University.
The Senatus Academicus (Senate) is the supreme academic body. It consists of all Professors, a number of elected non-professorial academic members of staff, plus 4 student members including the President of the SA and 3 elected representatives (one undergraduate from each of the two main Faculties (Arts and Science), and one postgraduate).
The Academic Council was established in 1996 as a formal committee of Senate to facilitate Senate business. It is convened by the Principal, and comprises in addition the Deputy Principal, Master, Proctor, Deans, Heads of School, the Senate Assessors on Court, additional elected academic staff members, and four student members as above.
The Principal’s Office comprises: The Principal and Vice chancellor, the Deputy Principal and Vice-Principal (Research), Vice-Principal (External Relations), Vice-Principal (Governance and Planning), the Master of United College, the Vice-Principal (Proctor) and the Quaestor and Factor.
Court & Senate Office: The Court & Senate Office exists primarily to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the University Court, the University Senate and their respective committees. The Court & Senate Office is additionally responsible for the handling of matters related to student discipline and misconduct, non-academic student appeals and complaints and academic student appeals and complaints. It can be found in College Gate.
Registry: The Registry is one of the main central administrative units for the University and is based in the Old Burgh School. It provides services in student records, curriculum management, examinations and timetabling and statistical reporting.
Schools: Information on Academic Schools and Departments is available via their individual web pages.
Research in Schools: Information on the range of research areas covered
Research Centres and Institutes: Information on Research Centres and Institutes within the University.
Senate regulations define the requirements and conditions under which students may be admitted, continue their studies and be awarded degrees at the University.
Academic Policies are available in Section 4 of this handbook.
Ordinances and Resolutions of the University Court: Changes to the constitution and government of the University are stated.
Semester dates (including other key deadlines) such as:
- Advising and matriculation
- Exam diets
- Submission dates
- Marking periods
- Reporting deadlines
- Exam Boards and Special Classification Board