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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is The University of Manchester’s governing body. It carries the ultimate responsibility for our overall strategic direction and for the management of our finances, property and affairs generally, including the employment arrangements for all staff.

One role of the Board to satisfy itself that work being undertaken on its behalf, whether by committees or by officers, is consistent with corporate objectives and is within the bounds of accepted good practice.  

The Board meets formally at least five times in each academic year. Its membership of 25 has a majority of persons who are not employed by the University, known as lay members. The Chair of the Board of Governors, Edward Astle, is appointed by the Board of Governors from within the lay category of the membership. Members of the Senate, members of the support staff and a student representative also serve on the Board.

Primary responsibilities of the Board of Governors

The Board’s primary responsibilities are defined in Statute VI and are outlined in the following statement agreed by the Board:

Committees reporting to the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has an Audit Committee, a Finance Committee, a Remuneration Committee, a Staffing Committee and, jointly with the General Assembly, a Nominations Committee, which report directly to it.

The Audit Committee has a particularly important function in expressing opinions and giving assurances to the Board relating to its review of the effectiveness of the University’s arrangements for risk management, control and governance. 

The Planning and Resources Committee (PRC) is the key central management committee. It is chaired by the President and Vice-Chancellor, and includes in its membership the vice-presidents, the Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, and the Director of Finance, with representation from heads of services and the Students’ Union. 

The PRC serves as the primary source of advice to the Board of Governors on matters relating to the development and allocation of the University’s resources, on strategic planning issues and on the financial, educational and research performance of the University against agreed goals and targets. 

Additionally, in consultation with other relevant committees, it develops, for approval by the Board, the University’s annual planning, budgeting, performance evaluation and accountability cycle, annual revisions of the University’s Strategic Plan and an annual University budget.

The Senate, which acts as the University’s principal academic authority, also reports to the Board.

Membership of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has 25 members. If you are not an employee of the University but are interested in joining the Board of Governors, you may be able to join as a lay member.

Board of Governors meeting dates for 2017/18

  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018


Enquiries about the Board of Governors may be addressed to:

Minutes of meetings of the Board of Governors

You can download the minutes of our most recent Board of Governors meetings (all the files below are PDF documents):

View the minutes from older meetings in our archive of Board of Governors meetings.