Governance documents

The power and functions of Council and Senate are set out in the governing instruments of the University.

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Council and Senate retain or delegate those powers to other bodies and individuals and make regulations for how they should be exercised.

The University complies with the Committee of University Chairs Code of Governance.

The University publishes governance documents in the public interest or to meet legal or regulatory requirements.

Governing instruments

Charter, Statutes, Charitable Status

Royal Charter, granted in 1905 (PDF)

Statutes of the University (PDF)

Charitable Status

University Calendar


Governance documents

Access and Participation

Access and Participation Plans


Download the following documents on the Council papers web page:

  • Annual Report of the Audit Committee
  • Internal Audit Annual Report (appendix of the Annual Report of the Audit Committee) 

Audited Financial Statements

Value for Money

Consumer Protection

Self-Assessment of Compliance with Consumer Protection Law (PDF)

Ethical Governance

Our Code of Ethics

Research Ethics

Freedom of Speech (PDF)

Modern Slavery Statement

Anti-bribery policy

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property policy (PDF)

Open Educational Resources policy (PDF)

Research Publications and Copyright policy (PDF)

Office for Students - Reportable Events

Reportable Events (PDF)

Register of Interests

Register of Interests (Full version) (PDF)

Conflicts of Interest in Decision Making (PDF)


University Council (PDF)

University Senate (PDF)

Scheme of Delegation (PDF)

Risk Management

Risk Management

Senior Remuneration

Council Senior Remuneration Committee

Staff Matters

2020 Gender Pay Gap Report (PDF)

Anti-bribery policy

Equal opportunities policy

Maternity leave procedure (PDF)

Trade Union Facility Time

Statement of Corporate Governance

The University's Statement of Corporate Governance can be found in the Annual Report

Strategic Direction and Mission

Our University Vision

Student Matters

Complaints and Appeals Procedures

Complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Degree Outcomes Statement (PDF)

Electoral Registration - Facilitation

Student Protection Plan

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.