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Corporate Governance Policies

Corporate Governance Policies

Corporate Governance Policy Framework

The Board of Governors is responsible for reviewing and approving the Corporate Governance Policy Framework and delegating authority for approval of individual Policies, in accordance with the University’s governing instruments and the CUC Code of Higher Education Governance. The Corporate Governance Policy Framework was adopted by the Board of Governors in March 2018.

The University is committed to the highest ethics standards and conduct in all its activities. All policies with the Corporate Governance Policy Framework shall promote the Nolan principles for public life adopted by the Board: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. The Policy Owners have specific responsibilities in ensuring that these principles are reflected in each Policy and in their implementation

The following Policies sit within the Framework:

Document

Policy Owner

Approving Body

Instruments and Articles of Government

Clerk

Board of Governors (special resolution).

Bye-Laws

Clerk

Board

Schedule of Delegation

Clerk

Board

University Strategic Plan

Vice Chancellor

Board

Financial Regulations

Director of Finance and Resources

Audit Committee

Treasury Management Policy

Vice Chancellor and Director of Finance and Resources

Finance and Development Committee

Financial Strategy

Vice Chancellor with the Director of Finance and Resources

Board

Safeguarding Policy (including Prevent)

Director of HR

VCAG

Whistleblowing Policy

Director of HR

HR Committee

Fraud Policy

Director of Finance and Resources

Audit Committee

Policy on Gifts, Hospitality and Bribery Prevention

Head of Information Assurance

Audit Committee

Equality and Diversity Policy

Director of HR

Board

Health and Safety Policy

Director of HR & Director of Estates

VCAG

Information Security Policy

Head of Information Assurance

VCAG

Records Management Policy

Head of Information Assurance

Audit Committee

Code of Practice for Data Protection

Head of Information Assurance

Audit Committee

Code of Practice for Freedom of Speech

Head of Information Assurance

Board

Risk Management Policy

Clerk to the Board

Board

With the exception of the Schedule of Delegation, each of the documents shall be reviewed by the Policy Owner on an annual basis and reviewed formally by the Approving Body every three years. The formal review date shall be brought forward in the event of one or more of the following changes:

  • a change in the risk assessment of the related area of activity identified through either executive management, risk management or project management arrangements;
  • a change in the law or regulatory requirements;
  • a change identified as a result of audit, either by the University’s Auditors or a third party;
  • a change identified as a result of an Equality Impact Assessment;
  • an ethical question has been raised related to the Policy;
  • a request made by the Board of Governors or the Approving Body.

The Schedule of Delegation shall be received and approved formally by the Board on at least an annual basis.