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University governance

University governance

Details of governance arrangements for
De Montfort University

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Lord Waheed Alli stepped down as Chancellor of De Montfort University in July 2015. On 14 October 2015, the university confirmed that its new Chancellor will be Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE.

Baroness Lawrence was invested as Chancellor of DMU at a special ceremony on campus on 22 January 2016.

As Chancellor, Baroness Lawrence is the ceremonial head of the university and acts as its figurehead and ambassador.

Baroness Lawrence is a campaigner for justice who was awarded the OBE for services to community relations. She became a Life Peer in 2013 and was named as the most powerful women in the UK by the BBC in 2014.

Following the death of her son, Stephen, in 1993, she established the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, championing the transformative power of education and increasing the number of students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in higher education. 

Read further information about our new Chancellor


The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the determination of the educational character and mission of the university and for the general oversight of its activities.  It approves the university’s strategy, which supports and informs the setting of the strategic and other priorities for the future.

The Chair of the Board has a specific role in leading the Board and ensuring that it operates effectively. The current Chair is Mr Ian Blatchford, Director of The Science Museum Group.

Read further information about the Board of Governors.  

Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board

The Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University is Professor Dominic Shellard. The Vice-Chancellor is accountable to the Board of Governors for the organisation, direction and management of the university. 

The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive Board, which plays a crucial role in developing and implementing the university’s strategies and plans.

Read further information about the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Board

Executive, Governance and Legal Services

The Executive, Governance and Legal Services (EGLS) directorate provides executive, administrative and secretarial services to the Vice-Chancellor, the university's Executive Board and its Board of Governors. EGLS includes a dedicated, in-house legal team, who provide a full range of legal services to the university, as well as a commercial development unit, who manage a range of key strategic programmes and initiatives. The directorate is also home to the office of the Clerk to the Board of Governors and a reception function which serves the Trinity House building and its meeting and hospitality facilities.

Every academic year, EGLS publishes the university's almanac, the latest version of which is now available.

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