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University Governance

The University of Manchester’s governance structure and constitution have been developed so that they hold true to the ethos, principles and requirements of good governance in higher education.

Like other public bodies, we have a duty to conduct our affairs in a responsible and transparent way, and to take into account the requirements of our funding bodies and the Committee of University Chairs’ Governance Code of Practice.

Through our governance arrangements, we meet these responsibilities and comply with the reports of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. We also demonstrate our commitment to the principles of academic freedom and equality of opportunity, embodied in our charter and statutes.

In addition to this, our governance structures enable us to fulfil our strategic objectives and ensure we are well managed and accountable to our stakeholders

Further information on the University’s governance is available at and on its committee structure at

A diagram of the University’s governance and central management committees is available as a PowerPoint presentation. To explore the diagram, run the slides as a slide show. You’ll then be able to click on each section to reveal more information.