The University’s Board of Governors is responsible for determining the educational character and mission of the University, for oversight of its activities and for the efficient use of resources, as set out in the University’s Article of Government . It appoints external auditors, safeguards the University’s assets and approves the annual estimates of income and expenditure.
Members of the Board of Governors are:
The University's Instrument of Government sets out requirements for the composition of the Board. Apart from the Vice-Chancellor, there are three categories of governor - independent, co-opted and nominee members. Half of the governors are required to be independent members and the Instrument of Government stipulates that they must have experience in industry, commerce, the professions or employment matters. The composition of the Board, determined by the Board in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Instrument is as follows:
An employee or a full-time student of MMU or an elected member of any local authority is not allowed to be an independent governor but can be appointed as a co-opted member.
The co-opted members must have experience in the provision of education. Up to three of the co-opted places are reserved for members of staff, of whom at least one should be teaching staff and at least one should be support staff.
The nominee members are:
The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected by the Board at the last meeting in the financial year to hold office for a period of three years. Governors, other than the Vice-Chancellor, are appointed for a three-year term of office and may serve for up to three terms.
The Board of Governors meets once in each term and two additional meetings to consider strategic issues are held usually in April and September.
A report of the Board's meetings - From the Boardroom - is published shortly after each meeting.
The Board has established a number of committees and advisory groups to ensure effective and efficient conduct of its business:
The committees are permitted to decide some matters on behalf of the Board and on other matters their advice is sought by the Board before decisions are reached. All members of the Board serve on at least one of the above committees and/or advisory groups. The Chairman of each committee is appointed by the Board.
Meetings of the Committees are held once per term before meetings of the Board of Governors.
Download Meeting Dates 2013 .
All papers for Governors’ meetings should be submitted to the Governance & Secretariat Team 2 weeks before the meeting. For further guidance relating to Governors’ meeting papers, please download:
A blank Executive Summary, referred to in the guidance note, is available.
The Board of Governors has approved a Scheme of Delegation which defines the responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the Board’s Committees and Advisory Groups, the Vice-Chancellor, the Executive and the Academic Board. The responsibilities are as set out in the University’s Constitutional Provisions and are in accordance with the University’s Financial Regulations and with CUC guidance.
The governors are responsible for appointing a Clerk to act as secretary to the Board. The post is currently held by Gwyn Arnold.
The Clerk services the Board and its committees, drafts and edits reports and pursues matters requiring action. She ensures that business is properly conducted both during and outside meetings, and overseas arrangements for the appointment of governors. The Clerk plays a key role in providing relevant advice to the Board, its Chairman and the Chairmen of the Board's committees, as well as to individual governors.
If you have any queries relating to the University's Governance arrangements please contact Marie Morrissey, Head of Governance and Secretariat Team on 0161 247 1390 or at email@example.com. Visit the Governance and Secretariat Team website for further information.