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, 69KB), 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.
Officers of the University
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, 269KB) for each officer.
For the session 2017-18 the Officers of the University 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 Lady Justice 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.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett has been in post as President and Vice-Chancellor since 2007. In addition to his work as a scientist and leader, Sir Keith has become increasingly well-known as a commentator on the economy and wider society.
Chair of Council/Pro-Chancellor
Tony Pedder is a member of the following University Committees: Council (Chair), Council Nominations Committee (Chair), Finance Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Human Resources Committee, Senior Remuneration Committee (Chair).
Alison Hope is a member of the following University Committees: Alumni Board (Deputy Chair), Audit Committee (Chair); Council, Council Nominations Committee, Senior Remuneration Committee.
Richard Mayson is a member of the following University Committees: Alumni Board (Chair), Audit Committee, Council, Council Nominations Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Human Resources Committee (Chair), Senior Remuneration Committee.
John Sutcliffe is a member of the following University Committees: Council, Council Nominations Committee, Finance Committee (Chair), Honorary Degrees Committee, Investment Group (Chair), Senior Remuneration Committee.
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gill Valentine has the responsibility of delivering a number of the University's key aims and priorities in the region, nationally and internationally.
Vice-President for Education
Professor Wyn Morgan'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 Research & Innovation
Professor Dave Petley provides the strategic lead for research and innovation across the University. He is responsible for developing and delivering the University's research strategy, ensuring that the local community gains maximum benefits from research at Sheffield.
Interim Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Arts and Humanities)
Professor Susan Fitzmaurice 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.
Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Medicine, Dentistry and Health)
During her eminent career Professor Dame Pamela Shaw has supervised the research training of over 100 colleagues and generated over £52 million in research funding. In 2014, she was made a Dame in recognition of her exceptional contribution to neurosciences.
Acting Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Science)
Professor John Derrick 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.
Interim Vice-President and Head of Faculty (Social Sciences)
Professor Craig Watkins 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, Dr Tony Strike 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.