Planning, Governance and Compliance

Planning Round

The planning round has an iterative process, culminating in the main School Planning Meetings, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. The intention is that documentation is refined during the autumn term before the Operating Statements are finally agreed. Heads of School will then have autonomy to manage their School, providing that progress throughout the year is within the parameters and budget agreed at the Planning Meeting. Accountability through appropriate confirmation/authorisation of actions will be necessary (e.g. proceeding to the appointment of staff).

PVC Stephen Shute is the academic lead for the planning process.

The Planning round annual timetable [DOC 295.00KB]  details the date by which specific tasks should be completed and the individual(s) involved. This will be updated on an annual basis.

Information and templates on the current planning round for use by Schools' management teams can be found below:

  • School Operating Statement template [DOC 75.00KB]This template has been approved in order to track progress with plan implementation during the year.
  • Health and Safety template [DOCX 15.28KB] Template for stating the School objectives and actions. Part A, University Requirements, identifies the minimum actions necessary to meet Health and Safety requirements. Detail in Part B will vary from school to school. For example, science schools are likely to have particular requirements around laboratory work; all schools where field work is undertaken in either research or teaching (e.g. Life Sciences, History, Art History & Philosophy; Global Studies) are required to have risk assessment statements). The template should be completed and submitted with the School Operating Statement. Further guidance is available at or by e-mailing
  • School Risk Register [DOCX 19.62KB] Format agreed by Council for reporting risks, their possible impact and the countermeasures necessary to effectively manage the risk. The  accompanying Institutional Risk Register explains the risk scoring system and how to arrive at values for the risks. The template should be completed and submitted with the School Operating Statement.
  • Good Conduct Statement [DOCX 14.59KB]The template should be completed and submitted with the School Operating Statement.