University Council has a female majority for the first time

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 02, 2017 09:28 AM |
For the first time in its history, the University’s Council has started the new academic year with a female majority amongst its membership.

The Council is our supreme governing body, responsible for taking all final decisions on matters of fundamental concern to the University, including our academic mission and strategic direction.

Supported and advised by its Nominations Committee, Council reflects regularly on the mix of knowledge, experience and skills amongst its membership.

There is a time limit on how long members can serve on Council before they are required to retire, so there is a regular turnover of membership. The Nominations Committee works proactively to identify highly skilled and experienced new members and to recommend them for appointment to Council.

Following the latest round of outstanding new arrivals we start the 2017-18 academic year with an almost evenly matched gender balance - with women in an 11-10 majority.

Commenting on this latest position the Chair of Council and the Nominations Committee, Dr Bridget Towle, said: “As part of a University which supports the UN’s HeForShe gender equality initiative, the Council is always mindful of its shared responsibility for helping to promote equality and diversity throughout the institution. I’m delighted that new female members of such high calibre have agreed to join us and to serve on our Council.”

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