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The constitutional framework within which the University operates is based upon its Royal Charter and the supporting Statutes and Ordinances.

The governance arrangements contained within this framework are focused on three main bodies, the Council, the Senate and the University Executive Board (an advisory body to the President and Vice-Chancellor).

Charter, Statutes and Ordinances

The constitutional framework within which we operate is based upon our Charter, Statutes and Ordinances.


Council is the governing body and, as such, the supreme authority of the University. It has the ultimate power of decision in all matters affecting the University.


The Senate is our chief academic authority and is responsible, on behalf of the Council, for determining educational policy.


Court is a widely representative body that meets annually (usually in March). It is chaired by the Chancellor and receives the Annual Report and Financial statements.


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Charitable status

The University is a registered charity and the Council acts as the Board of Trustees of the charity Each member of Council is also therefore a trustee of the charity.

Cardiff University and Students' Union Relationship Agreement

If you have any queries regarding the contents of this agreement please contact the Cardiff University Governance Services Team on

Students' Union Relationship Agreement (PDF)

Students' Union Relationship Agreement (PDF)

22 January 2020

Relationship Agreement showing the agreement between Cardiff University and Students' Union for 2019/20