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Governance and management

Setting our direction, delivering our aims, leading our community

The ˿Ƶ was created by Royal Charter in 1963 and is a public higher education institution and an exempt charity regulated by the Office for Students.

There are three main bodies that run the ˿Ƶ, all distinct but interrelated. 

  • Council is the corporate governing body
  • Senate is the academic governing body
  • The ˿Ƶ Executive Board (UEB) is the senior management and leadership body.

What do Council, Senate and UEB do?

What are the main responsibilities of Council, Senate and the ˿Ƶ Executive Board? Who are the people on these boards? How do they interact with each other and their subcommittees?

Watch our video and let Dr Adam Dawkins (˿Ƶ Secretary, 2019-2023) talk you through the key decision-making bodies at the ˿Ƶ. He'll help you understand how leadership and governance works at York, what the different bodies do, and which committees are responsible for the decisions that affect you. 

˿Ƶ Council

Council is the ˿Ƶ's governing body, with ultimate accountability for our strategic direction.

˿Ƶ Senate

Senate regulates and directs the academic work of the ˿Ƶ.

˿Ƶ Executive Board

UEB manages the ˿Ƶ and delivers our Strategy 2030.

Student voice in governance

Our students play an important role in decision making at York. 

The ˿Ƶ has a strong culture of creating partnerships with students and ensuring they have a voice in our governance procedures. 

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are represented on a large number of our committees, including on Council and Senate.

Members of the Student Expert Panel provide advice and challenge for the ˿Ƶ on issues including access and participation, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

The ˿Ƶ works closely with the ˿Ƶ Student's Union to make policy and to improve students' experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Transparency and openness

As a university for public good, the ˿Ƶ is committed to transparency and openness. 

The ˿Ƶ receives both public and private funding and therefore has a duty to observe the highest standards of governance and good practice for both private and public sector bodies.

The ˿Ƶ complies with a code of conduct based on the principles set out in the (CUC) .

In both governance and management, the ˿Ƶ also subscribes to the set out by the Nolan Committee’s report on Standards in Public Life. These are the benchmarks against which the ˿Ƶ seeks to be judged and against which it judges itself.

The ˿Ƶ also hold Good Business Charter accreditation in recognition of its commitment to responsible business practices. 


Read our Code of practice for transparency in the conduct of committee business

Governance documents

Read and download corporate and governance documents, and find links to policies, procedures and guidance for staff.

You can also find out more about how decisions are made at the ˿Ƶ, including information on our legal and charitable status, charter and statutes, regulations and ordinances.

Governance documents