Court can delegate certain responsibilities to committees to assist with its work:

Audit committee

Meets four times every year. It advises and reports to court on external and internal audit matters and reviews risk management, control and governance arrangements. It reviews the external auditor's management letter, internal auditor reports and management responses, and the internal auditor's annual report.

Meeting dates
29 May 2017
31 August 2017
20 November 2017
28 February 2018
28 May 2018

Finance and general purposes committee

Meets approximately once every eight weeks. It advises court on a range of finance matters. It oversees the system of financial control and administration, recommends budgets, monitors progress and approves activities within its delegated authority. It advises court on employment, industrial relations, health and safety, and equality and diversity.

Meeting dates
2 June 2017
7 September 2017
20 November 2017
18 January 2018
1 March 2018
30 May 2018

Nominations committee

Chaired by the chair of court, this committee meets as required to review the membership of court, to seek new members when vacancies arise and to ensure the committees of court are populated in line with their agreed remit and composition.

Remuneration committee

Chaired by an independent member of court. It implements the remuneration policy approved by court including setting and approving any changes to the salaries of senior staff.The principal and vice-chancellor is a member of this committee, but is not involved in setting their own remuneration. When setting the remuneration of the principal and vice-chancellor the committee can commission external advice drawn from both the universities and college sector and elsewhere. It approves any general movements in staff salaries and can consider inflationary trends, national and local market forces and benchmarks.

Honorary awards committee

Chaired by the chair of court, this committee meets as required to recommend recipients of university honorary awards.  


More information is available in the articles of association

Contact: Roger Sendall, Corporate Governance Manager