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Governance and Secretariat Team


About the Department
The Governance and Secretariat Team has responsibility for ensuring that there are effective governance arrangements in place within the University, by leading and advising on constitutional matters, supporting the Board of Governors and providing a professional support service to the University Executive Group, Academic Board and other decision-making bodies of the University.

Board of Governors
The Chief Operating Officer is Clerk to the Board of Governors and the Governance and Secretariat Team has responsibility for supporting and servicing the Board of Governors and its various Committees:

  • Board of Governors
  • Audit Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

University Executive Group
The team provides a secretariat service to the University Executive Group, the Senior Management Body of the University.

Committee Servicing and Committee Handbook
The team is responsible for leading on committee servicing standards across the University and for providing a high quality secretariat service for a number of University boards and committees:

  • Academic Board
  • Academic Quality and Standards Committee
  • Access Agreement Implementation Group
  • All Saints Health and Safety Panel
  • Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Employee Engagement Steering Group
  • Estate Strategy Group
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Home Office Working Group
  • Honorary Awards Committee
  • Internationalisation Committee
  • Planning and Resources Group
  • Platt Lane Joint Management Committee
  • Prevent Steering Group
  • Professional Services Leadership Group
  • Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee
  • Research Degrees Committee
  • Research Ethics and Governance Committee
  • University Commercialisation Committee
  • University Executive Group/Students' Union Executive

The Committee Handbook provides guidance on Manchester Metropolitan University's committee structure, terms of reference and conventions. The Handbook also contains useful information for all staff on the roles of committee chairs, secretaries and members of all University Boards and Committees.

University Calendar
The team is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive University Calendar, to provide an accessible and authoritative source of information for a series of key University cycles and frameworks, including:

  • Academic Calendar;
  • CMI schedule;
  • Strategic planning cycle;
  • PDR cycle;
  • Committee schedule;
  • Recruitment and admissions schedule;
  • Conference and event calendar;
  • NSS cycle.

Policies and Strategies
The team is responsible for the development and monitoring of systems for the approval, publication and review of the University’s policies, strategies, regulations and institutional codes of practice to ensure that the University has relevant and up-to-date policies, strategies, regulations and codes of practice in place. A Policy Framework has been developed, which aims to provide guidance for all staff involved in policy development.