Our governance structure
The University is an independent corporation whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter granted in 1905.
You can download a diagram showing the structure of the University's central committees (pdf), including committees of the Council and the Senate.
Overview of our governance structure
The University's Charter requires the existence of the following bodies:
The University's Council is the governing body of the University, responsible for the strategic development and overall performance of the University's business.
Council membership comprises lay and academic persons appointed under the Statutes of the University, the majority of whom are non-executive. Much of the work of Council is carried out through formally constituted committees.
The Senate is the academic authority, whose role is to direct and regulate the teaching and research work of the University.
Its membership is drawn mainly from the academic staff of the University. Much of the work of Senate is carried out through formally constituted committees.
The University's five faculties are responsible for teaching, research and examining of subjects within departments and for regulating admission of students to them.
Faculties also make recommendations to the Senate on the award of degrees, fellowships and prizes as well as on academic staff appointments and promotions.
The University Officers
As well as requiring the existence of the above bodies, the Charter also requires there to be a number of specific Officers.
You can view the Register of Interests (pdf) for each officer.
For the session 2020-21 the University Officers are:
The Chancellor is formally the lay head of the University and attends on a number of special occasions, including degree ceremonies. Other lay officers comprise the Pro-Chancellors, one of whom acts as Chair of Council, and the Treasurer.
The Rt Hon Dame Anne Rafferty DBE is the eighth Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.
President and Vice-Chancellor
The President and Vice-Chancellor, assisted by a Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and seven Vice-Presidents, is the chief academic and executive officer of the University. He is Chair of Senate, is responsible for the executive management of the University and is accountable to Council for the exercise of these functions.
The President and Vice-Chancellor undertakes his responsibilities for the operational running of the University with the support of senior executive colleagues who meet weekly as the University Executive Board.
Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor
Tony is a member of the following University Committees: Council (Chair), Council Nominations Committee (Chair), Council Finance Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Council Senior Remuneration Committee (Chair).
Pro-Chancellor and Senior Independent Director
Alison is a member of the following University Committees: Alumni Board; Council Audit Committee (Chair); Council; Council Nominations Committee; Honorary Degrees Committee; Senate Nominations Committee; Council Senior Remuneration Committee.
Richard is a member of the following University Committees: Alumni Board (Chair), Council Audit Committee, Council, Council Nominations Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Council Senior Remuneration Committee.
John is a member of the following University Committees: Council, Council Nominations Committee, Council Finance Committee (Chair), Honorary Degrees Committee, Investment Group (Chair), Council Senior Remuneration Committee.
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, Gill has the responsibility of delivering a number of the University's key aims and priorities in the region, nationally and internationally.
Professor Mary Vincent
Interim Vice-President for Education
Mary's role is to ensure excellence and innovation in teaching and learning for all students including undergraduate, postgraduate, overseas students and those studying for University of Sheffield qualifications overseas.
Vice-President for Innovation
Dave provides strategic leadership to the University's innovation, knowledge exchange, Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and regional engagement agendas.
Vice-President for Research
Sue leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact.
Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Arts and Humanities)
Susan will take the lead in directing the faculty, which has over 350 staff and 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Engineering)
Mike is a chemical engineer with BE and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Chris Newman
Interim Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Medicine, Dentistry and Health)
Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Science)
John was Head of Department in Computer Science between 2009 and 2015. In 2015 he was appointed to the post of Deputy PVC for Research and Innovation. John joined the Faculty of Science towards the end of 2017.
Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Social Sciences)
Craig joined the University's Department of Town and Regional Planning in February 2004 and was promoted to Reader in September 2004. He also served as Head of Town and Regional Planning, before taking up the post of Faculty Director of Research and Innovation.
As University Secretary, Tony works to ensure the highest standards of governance in liaison with the Chair of Council, President and Vice-Chancellor, University Executive Board members and Professional Services Directors.
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University Secretary's Office
The role of the University Secretary's Office is to oversee the overall effectiveness of the University's governance and compliance structures and to ensure the integrity of the conduct of the University in pursuit of its strategic goals and ambitions. The office provides independent advice to the Council, the Senate, the President and Vice-Chancellor and the executive leadership and ensures they gain the advice and assurances required to fulfil their statutory and regulatory responsibilities.
The Office's responsibilities include work in the area of strategy development, policy and legal advice, key performance indicators, risk management, data protection, freedom of information and records management. The office co-ordinates responses to sector consultations, works to influence and support higher education policy development nationally and supports initiatives in the University to innovate and change practice in pursuit of the University Strategy.
Dr Tony Strike is University Secretary. As University Secretary, Tony works to ensure the highest standards of governance in liaison with the Chair of Council, President and Vice-Chancellor, University Executive Board members and Professional Services Directors.