The University’s governing body is the Council, chaired by the Chancellor and comprising appointed, elected and designated members.
The Council, which generally meets 11 times each year, convenes a range of committees that report on matters including financial management and performance, capital development, audit and risk, health and safety, and ethics compliance.
As Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-Chancellor is the academic and administrative head of the University, and chairs the Senate. The Senate – as the academic board of the University – advises the Council on academic matters and comprises mainly heads of academic departments, as well as representatives of teaching staff and students.
Three Deputy Vice-Chancellors (DVCs) have specific responsibilities: one for academic matters, another for research and enterprise, and a third for external engagement. The day-to-day administration of academic programmes is devolved to the University’s four academic divisions – Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences and Commerce – each headed by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC).
The Chief Operating Officer heads the Operations Division, including Shared Services, Property Services, Campus Development, Information Technology, Health and Safety, Sustainability, Campus and Collegiate Life Services, and more.
A Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group (VCAG) is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and made up of the University’s Senior Management Team. The group meets regularly and comprises the DVCs, PVCs, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Human Resources, Director of Māori Development, Director of Strategy, Analytics and Reporting, and the Registrar and Secretary to the Council.