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University governance

University governance

Details of governance arrangements for
De Montfort University

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The Chancellor of De Montfort University, The Lord Alli, is stepping down after nine years of distinguished service and guidance. As Chancellor, The Lord Alli presided over graduation ceremonies and welcomed Her Majesty the Queen to campus for the launch of her Diamond Jubilee Tour. 

He was made a Companion of the university, the highest honour DMU can confer, which recognised The Lord Alli’s significant contribution to equal rights. As a Muslim and Britain’s first openly gay peer in the House of Lords, he paved the way towards same-sex marriage in Britain. 

The New Chancellor Search Committee has been established to oversee the appointment of a new Chancellor and is inviting DMU students, staff and governors to nominate individuals for the role.

Read more about our criteria for selecting a new Chancellor|.

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the determination of the educational character and mission of the university and for the general oversight of its activities.  It approves the university’s strategy, which supports and informs the setting of the strategic and other priorities for the future.

The Chair of the Board has a specific role in leading the Board and ensuring that it operates effectively. The current Chair is Mr Ian Blatchford, Director of The Science Museum Group.

Read further information about the Board of Governors|

Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board

The Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University is Professor Dominic Shellard. The Vice-Chancellor is accountable to the Board of Governors for the organisation, direction and management of the university. 

The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive Board, which plays a crucial role in developing and implementing the university’s strategies and plans.

Read further information about the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board|.

Executive, Governance and Legal Services

The Executive, Governance and Legal Services directorate provides executive, legal, administrative and secretarial services to the Vice-Chancellor, the university’s Executive Board and the Board of Governors. It is home to the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Governors, to those providing direct support to members of the university’s executive, to an in-house legal function and to a reception function serving the Trinity House building.

Read further information about Executive, Governance and Legal Services|.

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