University Legislation

The University's Legislation consists of its Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Regulations and Codes of Practice. All members of staff and students are subject to the Legislation.

Whilst the Charter and Statutes are at the top of this hierarchy and address matters of institutional governance and organisation, most staff and students are affected directly only by Ordinances, Regulations and Codes of Practice, which contain principles and standards designed to control or govern conduct, or provide direction.


Lays down the core tenets of the governance of the University: its establishment and legal status, its objects and powers, its governing body and key institutional officers. Amendments to the Charter have to be approved by the Privy Council.


Sets out the legal framework for the exercise of the University’s powers. They prescribe the composition, business and powers of the Council, Senate and Court as well as other provisions in connection with the governance of the University and the promotion of the objects of the Charter. Amendments to the Statutes also have to be approved by the Privy Council. 


Provides more detail on the exercise of powers than in the Statutes. They distribute the authority of Council to committees and to executive officers, and control use of that authority. They contain provisions regarding the Senate, the University Executive Board and the Court, and establish key organisational structures such as Colleges and Research Institutes. Ordinances may be amended or augmented by the University Council.


Contains principles and standards designed to control or govern conduct or provide direction at a more detailed level than Ordinances. Sections 1-4 and section 9 may be amended or augmented by the Council. Authority to amend or augment sections 5-8 (the academic and student-related Regulations) has been delegated to the Senate.

Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance Documents

Supplementing the Regulations, there are a number of Codes of Practice, Policies and Guidance documents:

Archived Legislation

University Legislation, that was published prior to the 2016-17 academic session (i.e. 2015-16 and before) can be found using the link below. This Legislation is now archived and is no longer in use.

Changes to Legislation

University Legislation may need to be amended from time to time, either to reflect external requirements (for example, those of professional or accrediting bodies) or because a change to policy or practice has been agreed internally.  Consideration will be given to whether any proposed change should apply to all legislation or to a specific cohort, and students will normally be consulted about or informed of the change, depending on its nature. Information will be published on our website when any significant changes are made to University Legislation.

Student Charter

"The Charter, jointly developed by students and staff, outlines the standards and core principles of our learning community." Professor David Eastwood (Vice-Chancellor) and the President of the Guild of Students

Please see our Student Charter web pages for further information.

Human Resources and Staffing

For Codes of Practice and Policies relating to Human Resources and Staffing, please consult the Human Resources web pages.