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The Secretariat

The Secretariat is led by the Deputy Secretary. Its work is organised within five teams - Governance Support, Student Cases, Legal Services, Records Management and Information Governance, and Research Regulatory Compliance. Together, their primary responsibility is assisting the University Secretary in promoting the best standards of corporate governance throughout the institution.

Governance Support

Information on governance-related matters including those relating to the University's principal decision-making bodies can be found in this section.

Other information in this section includes:
- information about the Council and Senate and their committees
- the University subsidiary companies

Student Cases

Information relating to the University's procedures and guidance on student progression, academic appeals, student disciplinary and other student-related matters is set out in this section.

Records Management and Information Governance

The Records Management and Information Governance team is responsible for matters relating to data protection, data subject access and Freedom of Information requests, and the University's records management policy.

Research Regulatory Compliance

The Research Regulatory Compliance team is responsible for the regulatory compliance and quality assurance of clinical research.

Legal Services

The Legal Services team provides the University with in-house legal advice.

Other Corporate Matters

The Secretariat also oversees a number of other corporate matters including: the University Almanac, Insurance, the University's response to the Prevent Duty, critical incident management and obituaries. Links to these areas are set out further down this page.

Governing documents

Documents setting out the way in which the University is governed

Research Ethics

Information about applying for ethical review of a research project is set out in the dedicated Research Ethics webpages.

Rules, regulations, protocols, policies, procedures and guidance

Other Corporate Matters

Declaring a gift or hospitality received

The University recognises that on occasion, staff representing the University may be offered gifts or hospitality in the course of carrying out their work.

Some roles require individuals to spend time with other organisations where it may be normal business practice or social convention to give and receive gifts or hospitality. This can often place individuals in a difficult position: where refusal may cause misunderstanding or offence; however, to accept may give rise to questions of impropriety or conflicts of interest.

The process set out in the University's Financial Regulations and Anti-Bribery Policy aims to support staff in maintaining high standards of propriety and professionalism. Following this process helps protect individuals from accusations of impropriety. It is important that the University and those representing it are seen to act with integrity and in accordance with the seven principles of public life.

For further information and to make a declaration of a gift or hospitality you have received in the course of carrying out University business, please see the Gift or Hospitality Declaration Form.

You can also access the form by scanning the QR code below: