No. Council will remain the governing body of the College, with responsibility to
- determine the strategy for the College
- ensure that policies and processes that can achieve the desired outcomes are in place and are properly executed
- safeguard the good name of the College
- ensure the financial and academic probity and sustainability of the College.
The Privy Council has made it clear that it is a fundamental principle of English higher education that every university must have a governing body that is responsible for these functions.
Royal Holloway is also governed by an Act of Parliament that spells out additional requirements on how the College should be governed. The Act states that “The objects of the College shall be to promote for the public benefit education and scholarship and… to provide instruction leading to degrees of the University, to superintend postgraduate studies, and to promote research.” These core activities of the College do and will continue to form the foundation of all the activities governed by Council, and managed day to day by the Principal and other senior managers across the College’s departments and services.