Governance is generally understood as having a focus on accountability and oversight, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory responsibilities, and in the case of the University’s Board of Governors, holding the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive to account. This encompasses the systems, structures, policies, procedures and regulations by which the University is run.
Governance is also about good decision-making, in the ways decisions are taken, recorded and communicated, the criteria against which decisions are where necessary prioritised, and ensuring that decisions are effectively implemented.
Good governance maximises institutional performance and success, through the approval of institutional strategy, and the development and monitoring of associated Key Performance Indicators.
Governance is however distinct from management, which is the remit of the Vice-Chancellor, who works through the Executive team to deliver the objectives of the University.