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About the Board of Scrutiny

The Board of Scrutiny began operating in 1995. It was established, on the recommendation of the 1989 Wass Syndicate, to ensure the accountability of the University Council to the Regent House.

The role of the Board of Scrutiny is to examine the way in which the University is run, and to comment on this to the University's governing body, the Regent House. Each year the Board is required to scrutinize, on behalf of the Regent House:

  • the accounts of the University;
  • the Annual Report of the Council (including the Annual Report of the General Board to the Council); and
  • any Report of the Council proposing allocations from the Chest.

The Board may investigate any matter that arises from these documents. In doing so, the Board is empowered to consult any official document and to make enquiries of any officer, to examine the policies of the University and the arrangements made for the implementation of those policies, and to report thereon to the Regent House.

More information about the role of the Regent House is available in this leaflet:

The Regent House: A University governance guide