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The University of Bradford is a legally independent, charitable organisation that is formalised through a Royal Charter.  The University received its charter in 1966, this specifies what the purpose of the University is and what powers it holds, it also defines what the University requires in its statutes.

Our governance structure is designed allow efficient and effective decision making. The University has three key boards, the Council, the Senate, and the Executive Board who make up the main decision making and governing bodies.  

The Council is the University's supreme governing body and holds the responsibility of ensuring that the University's overall mission, strategy, and direction are delivered through an effective framework of both governance and management.