Governance and Strategy
As a world-leading University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. We do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.
Learn about our bold strategy for the future and help us bring these plans to fruition.
"I am delighted to share our strategy for the next decade. We have outlined our plans for the future, and you will see that our direction is led by a distinctive, honest and realistic set of guiding principles and goals.
Our vision to deliver excellence in 2030 is rooted in our values, with a focus on four key areas: people, research, teaching and learning, and social and civic responsibility.
In learning about our bold strategy for the future, I hope you will be inspired to join our efforts and help us to bring these plans to fruition."
Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Our graduates, and the knowledge we discover with our partners, make the world a better place.
As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.
- We aim to achieve excellence in all that we do, always being principled, considerate and respectful.
- Our teaching and research is relevant to society and we are diverse, inclusive and accessible to all.
- We are ambitious, bold and act with integrity, always being willing to listen.
- We foster a welcoming community, where staff, students, alumni and friends feel proud to be part of our University.
- We celebrate and strengthen our deep-rooted and distinctive internationalism, attracting the world’s best minds and building innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.
- We sustain a deep allegiance and commitment to the interests of the city and region in which we are based, alongside our national and international efforts, ensuring relevance to all.
- We are a place of transformation and of self-improvement, driven to achieve benefit for individuals, communities, societies and our world.
There are a number of bodies and committees which govern and advise the University.
The University Court
The University Court is the University’s governing body and is the legal persona of the University.
The Senatus Academicus is the most senior academic committee of the University.
The Senatus meets physically three times a year, and also conducts business electronically. It superintends and regulates the teaching and discipline of the University and has the power to promote research.
The University Principal chairs the Committee. Some members are elected to the committee whereas others are members ex-officio (Professors, Vice Principals, Heads of College, etc).
The General Council
The General Council consists of graduates, academic staff, current and former University Court members.
Through its Business Committee it plays an advisory role to Court in the governance of the University.
The Council elects the Chancellor of the University and three Assessors on the University Court.
The University’s committee structure is an important part of its governance processes.
Full details can be found in the Governance section of the University’s Freedom of Information Publication Scheme