The senior managers of the University are the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the Group Finance Director.
The University's administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the Group Finance Director. However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional level decisions are initially made by a group comprising academics and administrators who form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly cabinet for the University.
The Chancellor is the formal Head of the University, whose official duties are to confer degrees on behalf of the University. Beyond the formal and representational duties, the Chancellor plays a key role in the University’s life by promoting the work and ambitions of the University in the UK and overseas. The Chancellor also plays an important role in the development and fundraising activities of the University.
Vice-Chancellor and President
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University. The Statutes prescribe that he has ‘a general responsibility to the Council and the Senate for monitoring and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University’. The Vice-Chancellor and President is the ‘designated officer’, as specified in the HEFCE Financial Memorandum, responsible for ensuring that the University complies with the terms and conditions specified by the Funding Council for the use of Funding Council funds and may be called, with the Chief Executive of the Funding Council who is the accounting officer for the institutions funded by the Council, to give evidence before the Public Accounts Committee. The Vice-Chancellor and President is a member of all University committees and chairs the Senate and a number of committees of the Council and the Senate.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost is appointed on a full-time basis by the Council after consultation with the Senate, for a period of five years in the first instance. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost performs such duties as the Vice-Chancellor and President may delegate to him in the light of University priorities. In addition, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors have a reporting line to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost to facilitate improved co-ordination of academic matters.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellors are appointed on a part-time basis for periods of two years up to a maximum of six years from amongst the professors, by the Council. The Pro Vice-Chancellors perform such duties as the Vice-Chancellor may delegate to them in the light of University priorities. Their policy responsibilities are as follows:
- Education: Quality and Standards, Innovation, Employability and Widening Participation
- Research: Science, Engineering, Arts, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine
Knowledge Transfer and Business Engagement
Monash Warwick Alliance
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
The Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, subject to the direction of the Vice-Chancellor and President, has responsibility under University Statutes for the administration of the University. The Registrar and Chief Operating Officer is assisted in the administration of the University by the following Senior Officers:
- Deputy Registrar
- Academic Registrar
- Director of Campus Services
- Director of Development and External Affairs
- Director of Human Resources
- Director of Estates
Interim Director of Commercial Services
- Acting Librarian
Group Finance Director
The Group Finance Director is responsible for overseeing all financial arrangements of the University.
Chairs of Faculty Boards and Graduate School
The Chairs of the Faculty Boards and the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies support senior managers of the University. They are part-time elected positions with no specific limit on their term of office but a three year period for the Faculty Chairs is considered the norm. The exception to this is the Board of the Faculty of Medicine where the Dean of the Warwick Medical School is an ex officio member and Chair of the Faculty Board. They each chair their respective Boards and are the representatives of the Boards on various University committees: