The governance of the University is overseen by Council and Senate. The constitutional framework within which the University operates is based upon its Charter, Statutes and Ordinances.


Council is the executive authority of the University. It is responsible for the management and administration of our finances and property. It has the ultimate power of decision in all matters affecting the University.

The Council is also responsible for appointing Heads of Academic Schools.

John Jeans CBE
John Jeans CBE CEng Bsc MIChemE

Chair of Council 

John Jeans CBE became Chair of Council in January 2012. He has had a successful career in the Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic industries and served the Medical Research Council (MRC) as its first Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer from January 2009 to July 2011.

In 2012 he was appointed a CBE for services to Life Science, Healthcare and Science.

Membership of the Council

We are seeking the nomination of individuals, who are not currently members of staff or students of the University, as co-opted members. We welcome nominations from anyone interested in using their skills and experience to help us achieve our ambitions. 

Find out more about membership of Council, and how you could get involved


The Court receives the Annual Report and Financial Statements at its meeting in February/March each year.

The main functions of the Court are:

  • appointing the Chancellor on the recommendation of the Council
  • appointing Pro Chancellors on the recommendation of the Council
  • appointing members of the Court and the Council
  • receiving the Annual Report on the work of the University from the Vice-Chancellor
  • receiving the audited Statement of Accounts
  • discussing any matters relating to the University and advising the Council as needed 


The Senate is our chief academic authority and is responsible for determining educational policy.


Committees perform a variety of functions. Their terms of reference, as defined by Ordinance, determine their composition, powers and lines of reporting. They may also provide a means of representation and consultation.

For more information about university committees and membership, please visit Committee Support.