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What is governance?

What is governance?

In its simplest form, governance is about authority, decision making and accountability. Within an organisation, the term governance determines who has authority, who makes the decisions, and how the organisation is kept accountable.

Governance diagram

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities, and the Fast Facts page gives summary information about the University including the number of students and staff. But how is such a large organisation governed? How are decisions made, and who is ultimately in charge?

This section of the website provides an insight into the structures, processes and people that contribute to effective governance at Sheffield Hallam.

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