The Principal's Office

The role of Principal and Vice-Chancellor

The Principal is responsible for the overall operation of the University.

The Principal is President of the Senatus Academicus and ex-officio, a member of the University Court, the governing body of the University. The Principal is nominated by the Curators of Patronage and appointed by the University Court.

For governance, management and academic leadership purposes it is the post of Principal which carries authority and responsibility. The University Court recognises the Principal as the ‘Chief Executive’ (accountable officer) of the University.

The Principal is also President of the Senatus Academicus, the University's supreme academic body which regulates and oversees the teaching and discipline of the University and promotes research. The Principal Chairs the meeting and has a deliberative and casting vote.

The Principal meets regularly with his Vice-Principals and Senior Management Team to discuss University Strategy and is Convener of the Principal’s Strategy Group.

The Chancellor normally appoints the Principal as Vice-Chancellor. The role of Vice-Chancellor is primarily related to the conferment of degrees in the absence of the Chancellor at our summer and winter graduation ceremonies.

Related Links

Principal’s biography web page

The University Court website

The Senatus Academicus (Senate) website

Principal's Strategy Group website

Curators of Patronage - University Governance web page

The University's Strategic Plan - Governance and Strategic Planning website