Governance and management

The University is an independent corporation whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter granted in 1905. It is an exempt charity regulated by the Office for Students.

Explore how the University is governed and how it is managed.

How the University is managed

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The President and Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive and Accountable Officer. Our University Executive Board provides leadership and management, and collectively advises the President and Vice-Chancellor. Our Professional Services teams help deliver the University strategy.

President and Vice-Chancellor

The University Executive Board

Professional Services

Faculties

How the University is governed

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The Council is the governing body, responsible for setting future direction and monitoring progress. The University Secretary's Office supports good governance and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

The Council

Governance structure

Governance documents

University Secretary's Office

Information governance

Policies and guidance on our information compliance, records management and archives.

GDPR and Data Protection

Privacy notices

Guidelines for employees

Terms of reference

View the terms of reference for our Council, Senate, the University Executive Board, and their committees.

University committees

Charitable status

The University of Sheffield was established by Royal Charter in 1905.

In common with many other universities, it is an exempt charity.

Read more about the University's charitable status