The College is committed to exhibiting best practice in all aspects of corporate governance.
The College endeavours to conduct its business in accordance with the seven Principles identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership), and with the guidance to universities from the Committee of University Chairmen in its Guide for Members of HE Governing Bodies in the UK.
The Charter and Statutes require the College to have three separate bodies, each with clearly defined functions and responsibilities, to oversee and manage its activities:
- The Council
- The Court
- The Senate
The President has a general responsibility to the Council for maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the College.
The Provost is responsible for the delivery of the College's core mission: education, research and translation.
The President and Provost are supported and advised by the President's Board and the Provost's Board respectively.
Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations
Imperial College is an independent corporation whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter granted under Letters Patent in 1907. In 2007 a Supplemental Charter and Statutes was granted by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The Charter and Statutes and the Ordinances set out the College's governance arrangements (the principles according to which the College is governed).
Regulations complement the governance arrangements by setting out some of the key rules by which College members should abide.