City University London is an independent corporation, granted the status of university by Royal Charter in 1966. In the Charter, the University Council is defined as the governing body of the University, ultimately responsible for its affairs. The Charter also stipulates that the Lord Mayor of London should act as the Chancellor of the University, a unique arrangement that continues today and reflects the University's historic ties with the City of London.
The Chancellor is the Head of the University: he is entitled to preside over the Annual Stakeholders' Meeting (Court) that takes place in March each year and to confer awards on behalf of the University. On 1st October 2012 Alderman Roger Gifford was elected as the 685th Lord Mayor of London. He took office on 9th November 2012 and in doing so became City University London's Chancellor. Alderman Gifford was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London in 2004. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; a past Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and a member of the Cordwainers and Security Professionals. He is the sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners and a member of the Cordwainer and Bread Street Ward Clubs, the Royal Society of St George, the Cook Society, the United Wards Club, the City Livery Club and the Royal Perth. From 11th November 2011 to 9th November 2012, Sir David Wootton served as Lord Mayor of London and Chancellor of City University London. Sir David was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to legal business, charity and the City of London.
Council delegates some of the decision-making afforded to it by Royal Charter to Senate, its sub-committees, the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Chancellor (Chair of Council), as the diagram opposite illustrates.
Find out more about the Chancellor, Council and governance at City.