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Welcome to Durham - Induction

Governance and Current Stucture

During 2005 we carried out a major review of University governance, which included consideration of the size, membership and sub-committee structure of the Council, which is the University's governing body.


Council is the governing and executive body of the University with responsibility for the University's property and finances. Among other things, Council represents the University in all negotiations for obtaining grants from public bodies, establishes budget centres and sets term dates.


Senate is the governing body of the University in all academic matters. Among other things it recommends to Council the establishment of new academic posts and considers appointments. It regulates admissions and fees, fellowships and scholarships, examinations, the awarding of degrees and the discipline of the University.

The University Executive Committee

UEC is the senior management body in the University, playing a major role in strategy and policy development. Its members chair major University committees, ensuring consistency of approach towards corporate targets.