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Governance – University of Reading

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The University of Reading operates under the terms of its Royal Charter granted in 1926. The governance of the University currently takes the following form:


Council is the University's executive governing body and meets at least four times during each academic year. It sets the University's strategic direction, ensures compliance with statutory requirements and approves constitutional changes. The Council is ultimately responsible for managing the University's estate, finance and staff, with much of the detailed work falling to sub-committees. A broad representation of lay members, drawn from commercial, community and professional organisations, provide the Council with a valuable perspective. The primary responsibilities of the Council are set out in Statute XV, Powers of the Council.

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The Senate

Senate is the University‚Äôs main academic administrative body. Reporting to the Council and meeting at least four times a year, the Senate advises on areas such as student entry, assessment and awards. With around 100 members, the Senate comprises Deans, Heads and elected representatives of Schools, as well as professional staff and students. University Boards responsible for developments and innovation in research, teaching and learning report to the Senate.

University Executive Board (UEB)

The University Executive Board consists of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and the three Heads of Service. It meets weekly throughout most of the year and deals with all aspects of academic management, including finance. It also advises the Strategy and Finance Committee on the allocation of resources. The University Executive Board reports to the Senate and to the Strategy and Finance Committee.

Deans of Faculties

Deans of Faculties play a central role in the academic leadership of the University and meet with the Vice-Chancellor on a fortnightly basis.

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