The decision-making body in the University is the Governing Authority. It has responsibility for the strategic direction of the University, the management and administration of its revenue and property and the general conduct of its affairs.
Members of the Governing Authority are drawn from the staff, students, graduates and external organisations.
It normally meets six times a year, and receives reports from a range of committees including: Audit & Risk Assessment Committee, Planning, Development and Finance Committee and Human Resources, Staff Development and Equality Committee.
Governing Authority is chaired by an external chairperson or in his/her absence, the deputy chairperson and adheres to the Governance of Irish Universities - 2012 as its primary code of practice.