‘Governance’ is a general and wide-ranging term which refers to the systems, structures, procedures and rules by which the University takes key decisions on its affairs.
It also covers the formal ways in which it records those decisions, tells other people that the decisions have been taken, and is held accountable for them.
The ultimate goal is that good governance doesn’t become involved with the decision-making and the day-to-day running of the University.

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest authority at City. The university has a nationally and internationally respected Board of Trustees from academia and the business community. They help the university fulfill its mission by providing oversight and input regularly. The Board approves the strategic plan of the university, its annual budget and major policies and initiatives. They advocate for the university locally and internationally to build its capacity for today and tomorrow.

University Council

The University Council is the University’s supreme governing body, responsible for taking all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern to the University, including our academic mission and strategic direction. It ensures that our various systems, structures, procedures and rules are fit for purpose, that the University is being managed effectively, and that we meet all our legal obligations.


Senate is responsible for directing and regulating the academic life of the University including teaching, research, exams and the way that our Colleges, Schools and Departments are organised. Its membership includes Heads of Department, Heads of College, Provost and other senior academic staff.