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Board of Governors

‌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 Articles of Government. It appoints external auditors, safeguards the University’s assets and approves the annual estimates of income and expenditure.

More information about the Board’s responsibilities can be found in the ‌Statement of Primary Responsibilities.


Members of the Board of Governors are:

Independent Members

Co-opted Members

Academic Board Nominee

Student Nominees

Vice-Chancellor

Composition and Membership

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:

  • Independent Members: 13
  • Academic Board Nominee: 1
  • Student Nominees: 2
  • Co-opted Members: 5
  • Vice-Chancellor: 1

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:

  • A member of teaching staff nominated by the Academic Board; and
  • Students' Union President; and
  • Students' Union Vice-President Cheshire

The Chair and Deputy Chair 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.

Further information about the appointment of new Governors can be found in the Independent Governor Appointments document.

The Board of Governors meets five times a year. One of these meetings is a joint Board and University Executive Group strategy meeting.

Staff Governor Vacancy

Information about the current vacancy is available on the Staff Governor Vacancy page.

From the Boardroom

A report of the Board's meetings - From the Boardroom - is published shortly after each meeting.

Committee Structure

The Board has established a number of committees 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. The Chair of each committee is appointed by the Board.

Download Membership of Committees

Meetings of the Committees are held once per term before meetings of the Board of Governors.

Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates 2016

Meeting Dates 2017

Papers for Governors' Meetings

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:

Guidance for Authors of Papers for Governors’ Meetings

A blank Executive Summary, referred to in the guidance note, is available.

Scheme of Delegation

The Board of Governors has approved a Scheme of Delegation which defines the responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the Board’s Committees, the Vice-Chancellor, the University Executive Group 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.

Clerk to the Board

The governors are responsible for appointing a Clerk to act as secretary to the Board. The post is currently held by Professor Karen Moore.

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 Chair and the Chairs of the Board's committees, as well as to individual governors.

Board Effectiveness

In accordance with the CUC Higher Education Code of Governance, MMU's Board of Governors keeps its effectiveness under regular review. Download Governance Effectiveness Review November 2010

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 m.morrissey@mmu.ac.uk. Visit the Governance and Secretariat Team website for further information.