1. To analyse, understand and interpret the environment in which the university operates and to develop proactively the university’s strategic approach to that environment.
2. To enable the rapid and effective exchange of policy, funding and performance information, to support and inform strategic discussions and decision making across the university.
3. To provide steer and leadership on the academic development strategy of the university, subject to approval by the Academic Board.
4. To ensure the effective strategic management of the university’s financial, human and physical resources.
5. To propose the university budget and five-year financial plans.
6. To lead the development of a positive workplace culture at DMU, and to propagate by example that culture throughout the institution.
7. To consider and approve any significant restructuring or re-organisation of the university, or parts of the university.
8. To develop, consider and recommend to the Board of Governors, where required by the scheme of delegation, new and revised university strategies, plans and policies.
9. To receive, approve and monitor faculty and directorate strategic plans and objectives.
10. To take executive responsibility for ensuring the effective communication and implementation of university strategies, plans, policies and key decisions throughout the university.
11. To monitor and review the university’s performance against its objectives and opportunities for development and those of its constituent faculties, directorates and other function areas to optimise their contribution and impact within the university and externally.
12. To take ownership and management of the university’s key risks.
13. To consider such matters as may be referred to it by other university committees.
14. To monitor significant operational issues affecting academic and professional service coherence and delivery.
15. To ensure compliance across the university with national legislation as it affects the university’s activities including (but not limited to) issues of equality, health and safety, data protection and freedom of information, and to ensure that the university responds to the requirements of new legislation passed from time to time.
16. To consider and approve proposals for the naming of significant university assets and buildings.