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Durham University

University Secretary

University Secretary

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.

The Statutory role of Registrar and Secretary is discharged by the University Secretary:

University Secretary's Office


The role of the University Secretary's Office (USO) is to oversee the overall governance, assurance and compliance structure of the University and to ensure the integrity of the conduct of its business. The office provides independent advice to the Council, Senate and the Vice-Chancellor and ensures that they gain the assurances required to fulfil their statutory and regulatory responsibilities.

Key areas of responsibility are:

  • Constitutional and Corporate Governance
  • Governance Committees Oversight and Support
  • Legal Work
  • University Assurance
  • Policy Governance
  • Information Governance
  • Research Governance
  • Teaching/Education Governance

The University Secretary's Office comprises:

Contact Details

Jennifer Sewel
University Secretary
University Secretary's Office
Durham University
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

Kendra Greaves: Personal Assistant to the University Secretary