The Vice-Chancellor

Section 4

  1. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible under Article 3(2) of the Articles of Government for:

    (a) making proposals to the Board of Governors about the educational character and mission of the University, and for implementing the decisions of the Board of Governors;

    (b) the organisation, direction and management of the University and leadership of the staff;

    (c) the appointment, assignment, grading, appraisal, development, training, suspension, dismissal and determination - within the framework set by the Board of Governors - of the pay and conditions of service of staff other than the holders of senior posts;

    (d) the determination, after consultation with the Academic Board, of the institution's academic activities, and for the determination of its other activities;

    (e) preparing annual estimates of income and expenditure for consideration by the Board of Governors, and for the management of budgets and resources within the estimates approved by the Board of Governors;

    (f) the maintenance of student discipline and, within the rules and procedures provided for within the Articles, for the suspension or expulsion of students on disciplinary grounds and for implementing decisions to expel students for academic reasons;

    (g) receiving representations from staff and students on matters of their proper concern;

    (h) implementing the duties and responsibilities contained in section 4.4 of the University Health and Safety Policy and seeking the advice of the Head of Health and Safety on any matter which cannot be resolved within the Faculty/School/Service.

  2. In the exercise of these responsibilities, the Vice-Chancellor is advised by the Executive Officers and the Executive Body on:

    (a) the identification of institutional policies, practices and strategies for consideration and determination as appropriate by the Board of Governors and the Academic Board;

    (b) the formulation and implementation of management strategy for executing institutional policies and practices determined by the Board of Governors and the Academic Board:

    (c) the resolution of institutional management issues.

  3. Within this framework, the Vice-Chancellor is authorised by the Board of Governors to delegate authority to individual Senior Managers in their individual job outlines/contracts. In addition the Vice-Chancellor delegates the following authority to Senior Managers:

    3.1 The Pro Vice-Chancellors

3.1.1 Acting as primary budget holders within the overall budget and financial policies approved by the Board of Governors.

3.1.2 Preparing statutory and other returns relating to their respective areas of responsibility.

3.1.3 Chairing staff appointment, grading and disciplinary panels as required within the schemes determined by the Board of Governors.

3.1.4 Suspending or dismissing staff under the procedures agreed by the Board of Governors, (excludes the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Administration) & University Secretary, who acts in a separate and advisory capacity to the Chief Executive and the Board).

3.1.5 Suspending or expelling students under the procedures agreed by the Board of Governors, (excludes the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Administration) & University Secretary, who acts in a separate and advisory capacity to the Chief Executive and the Board).

3.1.6 Implementing the duties and responsibilities contained in section 4.4 of the University Health and Safety Policy and seeking the advice of the Head of Health, Safety and Environment Unit on any matter which cannot be resolved within the School/Service.

3.1.7 Deputising for the Vice-Chancellor (i.e. assuming the full powers and authority of that office); as determined by the Vice-Chancellor in the light of prevailing circumstances.

3.2.1 Those responsibilities defined under
4.3.1.1-4.3.1.7 above, plus for the Director of Finance only:

3.2 Finance Director and Marketing Director

3.2.2 Determining the arrangements for and resolving under Article 3.2(e) of the Articles of Government any matters arising from the preparation of the annual estimates of income and expenditure for consideration by the Board of Governors and the management of budgets within the estimates approved by the Board of Governors, including:

(a) monitoring performance against the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme and advising regularly within the year the Board of Governors and the Vice-Chancellor accordingly;

(b) preparing financial returns;

(c) approving any minor adjustments to delegated budgets requested by primary budget holders under the Financial Regulations.
4.  The Executive Body

4.1 There shall be an Executive Body established, the composition, remit and name of which may be varied from time to time by the Vice-Chancellor to suit strategic and operational circumstances. As a minimum, the Executive Body must comprise the Vice-Chancellor (as Chair), the Pro Vice-Chancellors and the Director of Finance. This minimum requirement may only be amended by the Board of Governors.

4.2 Members of the Executive Body shall adopt the principle of 'Cabinet Responsibility' by taking ownership of the corporate aims, objectives, and collective decisions of the Executive Body and policies of the University's Board of Governors and ensuring that they are implemented and developed consistently.

4.3 The Executive Body shall advise the Vice-Chancellor on the matters identified in 4.2 of this Scheme of Delegation.



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