The Charter and Statutes

The Charter defines the College's objects, powers and statutory bodies and the role of the President.

The Statutes define the Constitution, Powers and Function of the College Council (including its power to appoint to certain College officer roles) and the Imperial College Union. The Statutes are contained in the first Schedule to the Charter.

The Appendix to the Statutes sets out the procedure governing the discipline, grievances and dismissal of academic staff employed by the College.


The College Council makes Ordinances which give further details on the way in which the College is governed within the general framework of the Charter and Statutes.

The Ordinances are organised by subject matter:

  • Governance
  • Academic
  • Finance
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Endowment Board

Policies, Regulations and Codes of Practice

Regulations are made under delegated authority of the Council.

The College also has many policies and procedures that cover areas such as:

  • Communications and Development
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Estates
  • Registry
  • ICT
  • Research