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About the General Board

The Board’s responsibilities

The General Board is responsible to the Council and the Regent House, for matters relating to the University’s academic and educational activities and policies. These fall under five main headings:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Academic Planning
  • Academic Services
  • HR issues relating to academic staff

The Board also has general responsibility for the academic activities of Faculties, Departments and the Schools, as well as for the University’s Museums and Libraries.

Summaries of the range of the Board’s responsibilities and activities can be found in their Annual Reports to the Council, published in Reporter.

How the Board conducts its business

The Board’s statutory duties are outlined in Statute A V 

The Board typically meets three times per term. Much of the Board’s business is considered by one of its principal Committees. Straightforward business (for example Minutes of other Committees and Annual Reports of General Board institutions) is dealt with between meetings by Circulars.  

The Board’s business for each meeting typically includes: a report by the Vice-Chancellor on recent activities and national/international developments; formal Reports for consideration and signature before publication; principal business (usually indicated in the work plan); the Minutes of the principal Committees; and any other items falling within the Board’s remit.  Business also includes annual presentations by: the University Librarian, the Director of the Institute of Continuing Education, the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and the Directors of the Fitzwilliam Museum and of Kettle’s Yard; and biennial presentations by the Heads of the six Schools.

Other responsibilities undertaken by the Board'​s Officers

Other responsibilities of the Board’s Officers include:

  • Arrangements for Boards of Professorial Electors and other Senior Appointments
  • Honorary Professorships and Readerships
  • Professorial Pay Reviews
  • Membership of General Board Committees or other Committees that include General Board appointments

Further details can be found at​.​