About the University Council

The Council is the University’s supreme governing body.  A permanent majority of the places on Council are filled by ‘lay' members, who are neither staff nor students of the University.  Council's quoracy rules require the lay members to be in the majority at all meetings of Council.

Council  is responsible for taking all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern to the institution, including the University’s academic mission and strategic direction. It is responsible for ensuring that the systems, structures, procedures and rules for the running of the University are fit for purpose, that the University is being managed effectively, and that its legal obligations are being met.  Council is NOT, however, responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of the University's activities. 

In their governor role as 'critical friends' of the University, members of Council are expected to ask probing, searching questions in relation to the above matters and to satisfy themselves that the responses are sound, confident and consistent. In support of this role members of Council also serve on a wide range of key University committees.

With regard to the University's charitable status, all members of Council hold the position of a charity trustee. This means that, under the law, each individual member is personally responsible for taking decisions or actions that are solely in the best interests of the University's charitable objectives, and for no other reason. All members are therefore subject to the University's comprehensive policy for the registration and declaration of members' interests.

The major areas in the Council section of the site are as follows:



Information for Members of Council

Other useful documents (PDFs)

Statement of Primary Responsibilities

Role description for Lay Member of Council

Standing Orders (November 2015)

Schedule of Delegation

Meetings of Council

Council normally holds four Ordinary meetings in each academic year - in November, March, May and July.  Extra meetings, away days and development events may be organised from time to time, as required. 

Ordinary meetings of Council in 2016-2017 (all starting at 4.00pm)

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017


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