Collegial bodies are the ones that run University government, representation, control, decision making and coordination, within their respective scope of action, for proper operations of institutional life. Groups that comprise the university community, teaching and research staff, administration and services staff, and students are represented on these bodies.
The Governing Body is the body that governs the University and is made up of the Vice-Chancellor who presides over it, the general secretary, one management representative and fifteen members appointed by the Vice-Chancellor from amongst sectors that represent the entire university community. The tasks of the governing body include establishment of the University's strategic and program lines, and approval of general planning of academic and research activities. It is also entrusted with the task of approving the University's budget and multi-annual plan, and the annual accounts, for despatch to the Social Council. It is also responsible for approving staff teams and syllabus proposals.
The University Senate is the maximum body for representation and control of the university community. It serves as a platform for dialogue with the Vice-Chancellor and members of his/ her team, as well as with the rest of the Governing Body. Its many functions include making proposals and general recommendations, as well as acting as a channel for the university community to express and request reports or to summon representatives of other academic and institutional bodies of the University.
The Guarantees Tribunal
The Guarantees Tribunal is commissioned by the University Senate to defend rights of members of the university community. It can to that end, supervise activities of the university administration and report the same to the Senate.
The university ombudsman shall provide an annual report to the Senate on the activities of the Guarantees Tribunal.
The Social Council is the body for society to participate in the University of Vigo. Its tasks include developing social initiatives and promoting action of public bodies in stimulating investments that favour activities of the University and which furthermore are geared towards engaging teaching and research capacity towards social demands.
There are Boards on each of the three campuses of the University and these are collegial bodies for representation and coordination purposes. Their duties include proposing to the competent authority the implementation of new degree programs within the scope of their territories, promoting and obtaining land and buildings for teaching and research activities, promoting decentralisation of services and participating in preparation of specific academic campus policies.
The Board of the Centre is the body that represents and decides on each centre and its many functions include election of the dean's/director's team, approval of budget distribution of the centre or establishment according to the educational objectives of each centre, as well as preparation and approval of syllabi.
On the other hand, the Degrees Board is the one entrusted with preparation, approval and modification of syllabi proposals pertaining to each degree program. It has a composition that is analogous to the Board of the Centre.
The Board of the Department is the collegial body for representation and decision making of the department and its many functions include election of the director of the department, approval of proposals for creation of sections within the department and the annual budget.
Structure of institutes depends on the boards of university research institutes which approve research and teaching projects, and student assessment procedures.
Lastly, the Consultation Board is the body that advises the Vice-Chancellor and the Governing Body on academic matters and on design and evaluation of strategic plans for improving institutional quality. Its members are appointed by the Governing Body from amongst prestigious teaching and research staff who provide a balanced representation of the many fields of knowledge.