The Charter and Statutes and the Ordinances and Regulations provide the constitutional structure for the University and its staff and students. They take into account excellent governance practice, in particular the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.
The Privy Council on 15 July 2015 approved the new Charter and Statutes of the University, and these came into effect on 1 September 2015.
The Ordinances support the implementation of the Charter and Statutes and contain details on the way in which the University is governed.
A review has been conducted to ensure that there is a full set of working Ordinances and Regulations that reflect the new Charter and Statutes with effect from 1 September 2015. As well as ensuring compliance with the new Charter and Statutes, the opportunity has been taken to modernise the Ordinances (where it was straightforward to do so), and to re-present them in an easier to follow format.
The Regulations support the Ordinances by making detailed provision for the academic work of the University, the education of its students, and such other matters as lie within the areas of responsibility of the Senate.
Amendments to the Ordinances require approval by the Court, following advice by the Senate (where appropriate). Amendments to the Regulations require approval by the Senate. The Ordinances and Regulations approved to take effect on 1 September 2015 replace all others, including those previously published on the Intranet and any paper-based versions.
When future amendments are approved they will be incorporated as quickly as possible into the online version.
In referencing the Ordinances, users are invited to follow the convention that the letter of each Section is stated, followed by the relevant Ordinance number. Thus, in speech or in written text “Ordinance A1” refers to the first Ordinance in Section A, “Ordinance B2” refers to the second Ordinance of Section B, and so on. Users should note that there are no Sections 'I' or 'O' in the Ordinances.
In Session 2015-16 the Ordinances and Regulations Committee is expected to continue its on-going work to modernise and rationalise the Ordinances and Regulations.
Any questions about the Ordinances and Regulations should be directed to Lorna Kirkwood-Smith, Head of the Secretariat (L.A.Kirkwood-Smith@hw.ac.uk) or Brett Dodgson, Officer to the Secretariat (B.S.Dodgson@hw.ac.uk).
The objects, powers, officers and statutory bodies of the University, together with details concerning the members and officers of the University, the membership and functions of statutory bodies, conditions of service which apply to academic staff and other miscellaneous provisions.
Details on the way in which the University is governed within the general framework of the Charter and Statutes.