The Council Secretariat is responsible for matters relating to governance and compliance. These responsibilities are broad and, in general, relate to issues that are University-wide. A substantial portion of the section’s activities relates to the servicing of Council and many of its committees, including the General Purposes Committee, the Audit and Scrutiny Committee and the Finance Committee. Such work goes beyond clerking these committees; where appropriate, the section will also handle much of the work generated by the committees.
The section’s compliance work includes handling all matters relating to the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts, including dealing with requests made under the Acts and providing guidance and training to the University. The section also maintains the University’s statutes and regulations and is responsible for a wide range of other areas of work, from elections by Congregation and Convocation to pandemic-related planning.
The Head of the Council Secretariat, Emma Rampton, reports to the Registrar.