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Policies and reference documents


The Office of the University Secretary has responsibility for a number of governance policies and procedures including:

Public Interest Disclosure ('Whistleblowing') Policy and Procedures

Risk Management Policy

Information Compliance Policies

Governance Partnership Agreement

The University of Reading is dedicated to conducting all its academic, administrative and commercial operations in a law-abiding and ethical manner and will not tolerate acts of bribery or corruption by staff or its associates in any jurisdictions.

In order that the standards of conduct required by the University are properly understood, attention is drawn to the following policies:

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy 

Criminal Finances Act 2017 Policy

External Speaker Policy

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Conduct Policy

University of Reading Financial Regulations

Fraud Policy

Expenses and Hospitality Policy

Investment Policy

University of Reading Ethical Framework

Dealing with Tobacco Companies

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy

Approach to the Prevent Duty

Raising Concerns Procedure

Access to Security Sensitive Materials Policy and Procedure

 - Access to Security Sensitive Materials Staff Application Form

 - Access to Security Sensitive Materials Student Application Form

 - Access to Security Sensitive Materials Module Convenor Application Form

Reference documents

The governance arrangements of the University rely on the following documents:


Committee List

Minutes of Council meetings

Minutes of Senate meetings

Council Handbook  which gives a complete overview of the University

Council paper availability and Senate papers availability, which describe the arrangements under which the papers are made available to members, staff and students

Report on the Effectiveness of the Council

 The University's Charitable Status

The University of Reading is a registered charity.

Schedule of Delegations 2016-17

Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2016/17

Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2015/16

Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy Titles

Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy titles may be conferred upon persons, other than current members of staff, who are of appropriate distinction and who have an on-going association with the University in the areas of teaching and/or research. The title should reflect their contribution to the University.

Please read about the procedure for the award of Honorary, Visiting and Courtesy Titles at the University of Reading. 

An application form must be completed in each case and approved as per the procedure. 

Doctoral researchers who successfully complete the PhD Plus programme are entitled to apply for a two-year Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship, which would come into effect once they graduate from the University.

Please read the PhD Plus Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship Proposal Guidance at the University of Reading before submitting a completed Phd Plus Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship Proposal Form.

Committee Servicing

Helpful documents for servicing University Committees:

Good Practice Guide to Committee Servicing

Agenda Template

Minutes Template

Action List Template

Report Coversheet Template

Report Writing - Top Tips

Committee Governance Structure

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