About us

Our University

Waterfront Building and the marina

We are strongly embedded in our local region.

Through research and innovation, our national and international impact brings recognition and opportunity to the region supporting growth and development. 

The University of Suffolk is all about transformation — transforming individuals, our community, our region and beyond. Education, training and research are powerful tools to support transformation and change; we believe that by facilitating the development of skills, knowledge and behaviours, we will enable our students, our community and our region to be enriched, enhanced and impacted socially, culturally and economically.  

We are committed to putting students at the centre of our thinking, and the strong partnership between students and staff at the University is central to our ambitions. In a rapidly changing world, we have created a stable and supportive community where our students experience the highest quality in teaching, learning and social environments. Scholarships and high-impact research are ingrained within the institution, and we offer our students a transformational experience to prepare them for their future. 

How we are Governed

The team ensures the effective organisation, direction and management of the university and its deployment of resources.


The responsibilities of the Board of Directors include the determination of the educational character, mission and corporate plans of the University and for oversight of its activities, including ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources.


A key part of the role of the Senate is to advise the Vice-Chancellor and the University of Suffolk Board on the development of the academic activities of the University and the resources needed to support them and to advise on such other matters as the Board or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to the Senate.


Professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) is the term used for a group of different bodies that recognise, approve or accredit courses. Some PSRBs have a statutory or regulatory responsibility to set minimum standards of entry into a particular profession.


There are a number of policies and reports in operation to ensure the smooth and effective running of the University.

View documents in the Publication Scheme

Governance Structure

The University of Suffolk is bound to act in accordance with its Articles of Association which define the University's structure and the way in which the University is governed by the Board of Directors. Reporting to the Board of Directors, formal decision-making within the University is conducted through academic and executive governance structures.

Stairwell in the Waterfront Building