University governanceExecutive Team

The Executive Team is responsible for providing recommendations on the overall strategic direction for the University. It also considers all major initiatives emerging and the resources required to support them. It then proposes these to Senate and Court as appropriate for final approval.


  • developing the overall strategic direction of the University taking account of the resources at its disposal and the need to ensure sustainability in all aspects of University business, and making proposals on these, as appropriate, to Senate and to Court for final approval
  • considering policy proposals on the University budget, on resource allocation priorities, on physical development, on employment and any other University business, for onward consideration and decision at Court
  • considering policy proposals on the teaching, research and academic development and on the academic priorities of the University, and on any other matter within the remit of the Senate – including, specifically, recommendations on University ceremonials and the award of honorary degrees, and for recommending these to the Senate for final approval;
  • considering all major initiatives emerging from both within and outwith the University and whether or not these should be pursued, taking account of the fit with the overall University strategy, the resources required to support them, their sustainability and the overall priority to be attached to them
  • engaging with the Court Business Group in order to consider key proposals emerging within the University before they are forwarded to Court for consideration and approval
  • developing and maintaining a Strategic Investment Framework embracing a holistic approach to the development of major initiatives across the University, taking account of the resources required to support these, including staff, funding, information technology and estates. The team also consider areas of disinvestment and proposes these to Court for approval
  • monitoring the implementation of these major strategic developments and regularly reviewing the overall University strategy to ensure that it remains relevant and sustainable


  • The Principal (Convener)
  • The Vice-Principal
  • The Associate Principal & Executive Dean of each Faculty
  • The Associate Principals 
  • The Chief Commercial Officer 
  • The Chief Financial Officer 
  • The Chief Digital and Information Officer
  • The Chief People Officer
  • The University Secretary
  • The University Compliance Officer 
  • The Director of Strategic Planning