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Durham University

About Durham University

Jennifer Sewel, University Secretary


The University Secretary is responsible for the University’s overall governance, assurance and legal compliance. She provides advice and support to the University’s governing body and board of trustees (the Council), to the Senate, and to the Vice-Chancellor and his Executive Team.

The University Secretary’s Office comprises Governance and Executive Support, Legal Services, and the University Assurance Service, which includes the University Information Governance Unit.

Professional background and expertise

Jennifer joined Durham University in July 2015, having previously served as Director of Policy, Planning and Governance at the University of Aberdeen, where she was responsible for the University's governance, assurance and strategic planning functions and led in the delivery of major projects such as mergers and the development of operations overseas.

Previously Jennifer worked in the Financial Services sector and in the Civil Service.

She is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration and has served as a member of a number of charity boards.

Education and qualifications

Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences from the Open University, an undergraduate degree in Laws and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA in Higher Education Administration from the University of London Institute of Education.

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