Legislation

The University's Legislation consists of its Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations. 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 students and staff are affected directly only by the Ordinances and Regulations, which contain more detailed provisions related to employment of staff, programmes of study, health and safety, discipline and the University estate.

Changes to Legislation

Details of changes to the academic legislation for the 2012-3 Academic session can be found in the Legislation Memo.

  • Legislation Memo October 2012 (PDF - 35KB)

Charter

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.

Statutes

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. 

Ordinances

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.

Regulations

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.

Other forms of guidance and codes of practice

Supplementing the Regulations, there are a number of Codes of Practice, Assessment Protocols and guidance documents:

Regulatory framework

This is an overview of University Regulations, Codes of Practice, and core quality assurance processes which every School should have in place. The document is intended as a signposting and reference paper. Schools should refer directly to individual Codes of Practice or legislation when undertaking any of the processes outlined.

Archived legislation

  • Archived Legislation
    Archived Legislation from 2007/08, prior to the substantial reorganisation of the University Regulations.

Human Resources and staffing

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

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