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The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors

The main responsibilities of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is established by law and operates in accordance with the University's Instrument and Articles of Government.

As set out in the University's Articles of Government, Sheffield Hallam's Board of Governors has overall responsibility for

  • determining the educational character and mission of the University
  • the effective and efficient use of resources, the solvency of the University and safeguarding it's assets
  • appointing external auditors
  • approving the annual estimates of income and expenditure
  • appointing particular key postholders including the Vice-Chancellor, and overseeing their terms and conditions of service
  • setting a framework for the pay and service conditions of all other members of staff
  • making rules regarding the conduct, suspension and dismissal of staff and staff grievance procedures
  • approving the Students' Union constitution, making rules regarding the conduct of students and satisfying themselves that students have adequate mechanisms for raising concerns
  • approving the composition of the Academic Board

The Board of Governors committees and what they do

The Board is supported by a committee structure. All of the following committees are formally constituted with terms of reference and act under delegated powers and/or in advisory capacities.

The Audit and Risk Committee advises the Board of Governors on the University's annual financial statements and monitors the performance and effectiveness of the internal and external auditors. It seeks to assure the Board of Governors that the University has adequate financial and management controls in place which assure efficiency, effectiveness and value for money. It also considers the University's policies for risk management and monitors whether there is an adequate control of risk in relation to the University's activities. 

The Academic Assurance Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Governors on  its regulatory returns around academic quality, the reliability of degree standards and the continuous improvement of the student academic experience. To view the Academic Assurance Committee terms of reference and membership, please click here (PDF, 129.3KB).

View the Audit and Risk Committee's (PDF, 137.9KB) terms of reference, constitution and membership. The agendas and confirmed minutes of the meetings of the Audit and Risk Committee will be published following each meeting.

The Finance and Employment Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Governors on the financial strategy, the human resources strategy, the strategic oversight of staffing matters and strategies relating to the estate.

View the Finance and Employment Committee's (PDF, 130.9KB) terms of reference, constitution and membership. The agendas and confirmed minutes of the meetings of the Finance and Employment Committee will be published following each meeting.

The Nominations Committee advises on all matters relating to the process of the appointment of governors, this is done in accordance with the Instrument of Government.

View the Nominations Committee's terms of reference, constitution and membership. (PDF, 111.1KB)

The Remuneration Committee is responsible for determining the salaries and terms of conditions of senior post holders, and for reviewing the appropriateness of any severance arrangements with respect to individual cases.

View the Remuneration Committee's terms of reference, constitution and membership. (PDF, 122.3KB)

Membership of the Board of Governors

Details of the membership for the Board and its committees are laid down in the Instrument and Articles of Government.

Find out about the members of the Board of Governors.

Terms of appointment, induction and responsibilities

Operation of the Board and its committees

The Board usually meets six times a year. The agendas and confirmed minutes of the meetings of the Board will be published following each meeting.

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