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Committee structures

The committees and working groups are organised in clusters, allowing in turn the generation of a logical hierarchy, giving expression to the principles of simplicity, accountability and defined responsibilities.


The parent committee of each cluster is a University Committee (e.g. the University Research Committee, the University Audit Committee). The architecture relies on a distinction between committees and groups.

Project Groups are task groups, or natural work teams, formed around specific problems. They will be convened from any appropriate part of the University, to provide expert advice to, or to work through solutions for specific projects for, the formal, decision-making committee systems. They will have a finite life, and are by definition not provided for in this Manual.

Working Groups are similar to Project Groups in that they serve to add value to the formal decision-making committee system and in that they have no authority to make decisions in their own right; but are different from Project Groups in that they are formed to deal with generic issues, or sets of issues (rather than individual, specific and ad hoc issues), in that, as a consequence, they have an indefinite existence with stable membership (that develops a shared understanding and knowledge of a field of work) and in that they are set up by Senate and/or Council and/or the Institutional Forum. However, flexibility is important, and for this reason any Working Group may add to its membership, subject to approval by the Nominations Committee. As a consequence they are provided for in this Manual.

Management Advisory Groups are the third class of group. They are similar to Working Groups in that they deal with generic issues, or sets of issues, have an indefinite existence and stable membership; but are different in that they are primarily concerned with managerial co-ordination (thereby aiding lateral approaches to solving management problems), in that they are not constituted by Senate and/or Council and/or the Institutional Forum but are set up by the Vice-Chancellor, or individual Executive Officers, Deans, Executive Directors, or the Registrar. The reports of Project Groups will be in the public domain; the work of Working Groups will be, too; but the work of Management Advisory Groups will not be.

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