‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌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.

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: 7
  • Vice-Chancellor: 1

An employee or a full-time student of Manchester Met 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. Of the seven co-opted places, three are reserved for members of staff, of whom at least one is a member of academic staff and one is professional services 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.

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

Interested in joining our Board of Governors?

This is an opportunity to take public office and play an important role within a university which is proud of its achievements and looks with confidence to the challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly changing Higher Education environment.

We are looking for individuals of the highest calibre, with board level experience; strong networking and communication skills; and expertise in one of the following areas: audit, finance, business, education, external engagement, internationalisation, and legal.

Appointments are unpaid and are usually made for a three-year, renewable, term of office.

If you would like to get involved and contribute to making a positive difference to the University and to society, further information is available in the Independent Governor Appointments document.


Board vacancies are advertised as they occur. Applications in the form of a letter and a Curriculum Vitae should be sent to Marie Morrissey, Head of Governance and Secretariat, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, 3rd Floor, Manchester, M15 6BH or m.morrissey@mmu.ac.uk.

Potential candidates may, in confidence, discuss the role in the first instance with the Head of Governance and Secretariat on 0161 247 1390 or at m.morrissey@mmu.ac.uk.


The following guidance has been produced by Advance HE to support institutions in the induction of new governors or for anyone wanting to understand more about the key elements of being a governor and the governance landscape of higher education:

Guidance to Support the Induction of New Governors


Staff Governors

The membership of the Board of Governors includes provision for seven co-opted places, of which three are reserved for members of staff, of whom at least one is a member of academic staff and one is professional services staff.

What does a Staff Governor Do?

The co-opted staff Governor serves on the Board as a full and equal member.  Whilst they are representative of the staff body, their function is not to represent staff directly.  The Staff Governor has an opportunity to bring to the Board direct experience of the institution from an operational perspective, which is useful to the Board as a whole when considering the University’s strategic direction.

Who can become a Staff Governor?

Any permanent member of staff (full-time or part-time) from the University is eligible to apply.  When considering applications, the Board will take into account the applicant’s skills and experience, ability to demonstrate independence and discretion and ability to contribute constructively to debate.  Experience of serving on committees either within the University or external agencies (e.g. as a school governor) would be an advantage.

What is the time commitment?

The Board has four meetings per year which each last approximately 3 hours. There is an additional strategy day held during the year, which is a two day event.  Papers are usually circulated a week in advance of the meetings and are often confidential documents of strategic importance to the University.  You will need to be able to spend some time reading the meeting papers to prepare for the meetings.

The time commitment involved will vary, but a member serving on the Board should allow for approximately 40 hours per year to attend and prepare for meetings.

Governors are also invited to attend University events such as graduation ceremonies.

How do I apply?

Staff Governors are appointed for a 3 year term of office. When there is a vacancy, information will be made available on the University's Intranet. Applicants will be invited to submit a CV and a completed Expression of Interest Form. All nominations are considered by the Nominations and Governance Committee of the Board and, if required, interviews will be held. The Nominations and Governance Committee will then make recommendations to the Board. Any appointments will require final approval by the Board of Governors. 

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.

Remuneration Code and Annual Report

‌‌As part of its commitment to good governance, the University complies with the HE Senior Staff Remuneration Code, which contains the following three elements:

1. A fair and appropriate and justifiable level of remuneration.

2. Procedural fairness.

3. Transparency and accountability.

In accordance with the Code, the University produces a Remuneration Annual Report, which is available below:

Remuneration Annual Report


Meeting Dates

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.

Board of Governors’ Minutes

The confirmed minutes of Board of Governors’ meetings are available to view here:


24 November 2017
9 February 2018
20 April 2018
29 June 2018



23 November 2018
8 February 2019 
5 April 2019 
28 June 2019

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.

University’s Constitutional and Legal Status

Further information about the University’s constitutional and legal status is available here

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, our Board of Governors keeps its effectiveness under regular review. The last review, which was undertaken in 2017 by an external assessor, concluded that the University’s standard of governance was good and that the University had in place a comprehensive framework and structure of governance that conformed to sector best practice.


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.

Our People