The Governance Handbook provides guidelines, principles and recommended templates to support the operation of formal committees and groups across the University. All colleagues across the University are welcome to use the Handbook and its guidance. The templates for agendas, reports, minutes and actions have been designed for ease of use, and – depending on local context and requirements – may be adapted according to a committee’s needs. The Handbook may also be used by staff supporting working groups, task and finish groups, and informal groups, if they so wish.
Colleagues providing agenda items for University formal governance committees (the Board of Governors and its committees, and Senate) are asked to use the templates included in the Handbook to ensure a standardised approach, presentation and quality in support of University governance activity.
Committees are an essential component of university governance.
Roles and responsibilities
Comprehensive guidance for the roles has been developed, and is available to download.
Agenda Development and Scheduling
Committee meetings should be supported by the circulation of an agenda and papers which are circulated in advance of the meeting
Report and paper writing
Guidance for drafting papers and reports to Committees
University governance and decision making
The University's governance structure has been developed to hold true to the ethos, principles and requirements of good governance in higher education
Minutes and Actions
Minutes provide an accurate, impartial record of a meeting