Office of Governance and Secretariat

Governance documents

Please note that the Charter and Statutes were amended with effect from 1 March 2012.

The Charter is the legal document that created the University of Sussex in August 1961.

The University's fundamental governance structures and constitutional procedures, along with the powers of its statutory bodies (Council and Senate)  are described in the Statutes. They are approved by the Privy Council, which authorised the most recent set of amendments with effect from 1 March 2012.

The Regulations contain detailed rules about staffing procedures, student disciplinary and appeals procedures,  the Students' Union, the composition of Council and Senate, titles of degrees and Schools, roles of Heads of Schools, lists of collaborative institutions, academic titles and dress, the various degree courses awarded by the University, and general University regulations (library, ICT, administrative). The Regulations are updated annually and approved by Council and/or Senate.

The Organisation of the University sets out the Committee and Officer structures that are used by Council and Senate to delegate and carry out the management of the University's affairs. It details the composition and terms of reference of the various Committees, and contains general guidance on Committee procedures and processes. It also summarises the roles of the University's principal Officers, from the Vice-Chancellor to key School-level appointments. The Organisation of the University is updated annually and approved by Council and Senate.