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Where appropriate, Council, the University’s governing body, may delegate authority or allocate some of its work to committees, grant delegated authority to the Chair of a committee to act on its behalf, and/or delegate responsibility to the Vice-Chancellor and members of the Senior Leadership Team.  It is important that any such delegations are clearly defined in writing and formally approved by the governing body.

In this context, Council and the University Executive have approved a new Delegated Authority Framework (DAF) and this is accessible below in two formats: the Online Interactive Version and the Full PDF Version. The Online DAF is searchable by:

  • Key words
  • Category
  • Senior Leadership Team Lead Officer
  • Final Authority

You will note that on some occasions, a Council Committee will be responsible for both the scrutiny of a task and its subsequent approval. If you have any queries regarding this, or the interpretation of the DAF, please forward these to me at In instances of dispute, queries will be escalated to the Vice-Chancellor, who will consult on the interpretation of the DAF with the Chair of Council where appropriate.

It is our intention that the DAF will be a live document, routinely updated to ensure that this supports timely and effective decision-making processes within the University.  If you have any difficulty in implementing the DAF, or if you would like to propose areas for improvement, please forward these to me - at - for consideration.

The DAF was originally approved on 22 June 2022, with further revisions added in June 2023.  The DAF will be further reviewed in June 2024.

Clare Jamison

University Secretary

View Online Delegated Authority Framework