Our governing bodies set the future direction of the University and are responsible for directing the University's affairs. Our ceremonial officers, the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors, are key supporters of the University’s mission and have specific roles, including at court and graduation.
Court serves as a bridge between the wider community and the University and provides a source of ideas, influence and support from the wider community to assist the University in pursuit of its mission.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the University's supreme governing body and board of charity trustees. It operates within the framework provided by the Charter and Statutes and the legal and regulatory framework to which the University is subject.
Senate oversees teaching and research at the University and makes academic regulations.
Meeting dates and paper deadlines
View meeting dates and paper submission deadlines for all our governing bodies.
The Chancellor of the University is elected by Court on the nomination of the Board of Trustees. They are the ceremonial head of the University and serve as its most senior public face.
Current post-holder: Sir Paul Nurse
The Pro-Chancellors of the University are elected by Court on the nomination of the Board of Trustees. They act as deputy to the Chancellor and may exercise the functions of the Chancellor (except for the conferring of degrees) in their absence.
Current post-holders: Dr Jackie Cornish, Dr Andrew Sheng, Mr Alex Wilmot-Sitwell
The Governance team supports the Board of Trustees and its committees, Senate, University Executive Board and the Executive Group.
Senior university governance structure PDF
View our governance structure in PDF format: download the Senior university governance structure (PDF, 156kB)