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Council

Jennifer Sewel

The University Secretary is responsible for the University’s overall governance, assurance and legal compliance. The Secretary provides advice and support to the University’s governing body and board of trustees (the Council), to the Senate (University academic governing body), and to the Vice-Chancellor as the University’s Chief Executive Officer and his Executive Team. The University Secretary’s Office comprises Governance and Executive Services, Legal Services, and the University Assurance Service, which includes the University Information Governance Unit.

Jennifer has worked in the Higher Education sector since 1996. She joined Durham University in 2015 having previously been 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.

Prior to moving to the HE sector Jennifer worked within the Financial Services sector and in the Civil Service. She studied law at the University of Aberdeen (LLB Hons and Diploma in Legal Practice), and has a Bachelor of Arts from the Open University and a MBA (Higher Education) from the University of London Institute of Education.