The Vice-Chancellor is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University. He or she chairs the Council of the University, the General Board of the Faculties and the Finance Committee of the Council. Among the main tasks of the Vice-Chancellor are to:
- Provide leadership, academic and administrative to the whole University;
- Represent the University externally, both within the UK and overseas;
- Secure a financial base sufficient to allow the delivery of the University's mission, aims and objectives;
- Carry out certain important ceremonial and civic duties.