Statutory Bodies and Committees


Nominations are requested for the vacancy for one member of non-academic staff (ie, a person who is not a member of the Academic Assembly) to serve on the Council of the University from 1st August 2018 to 31st July 2021.

Council is the governing body of the University and its primary responsibilities include:

  •  approving the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and ensuring these meet the interests of stakeholders;
  • appointing the head of the institution as chief executive of the institution and putting in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his or her performance;
  • ensuring the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and clear procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest;
  • monitoring institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs, which should be, where possible and appropriate, benchmarked against other institutions.

Council has a majority of lay members who are neither staff nor students of the University.  It normally meets five times per year in October, November, February, May and July on Thursday afternoons at 4.15 p.m. The October meeting is a full day session.  For dates of meetings in 2018/19, please refer to the Calendars of Meetings. The formal Council meeting is followed by refreshments and occasionally an informal evening session.  Members of Council are also invited to attend key events of the University. 

Nominations are now invited for a member of staff who is not a member of Academic Assembly but holds a full-time or fractional contract to serve on Council for the period 1st August 2018 to 31st July 2021. The retiring member, Dr Christopher Roche, is eligible for re-election, if nominated.

A nomination may be submitted in either written or electronic format. A written nomination shall bear the signatures of the proposer and the seconder (who must also be members of staff who are not members of Academic Assembly) and shall be accompanied by a declaration by the candidate that he or she will serve if elected. An electronic nomination shall consist of e-mails from the proposer and seconder confirming their nominee and an e-mail from the candidate declaring their willingness to serve if elected.  Staff may suggest themselves for election but require a separate proposer and seconder, who must be eligible to vote. The nomination form can be downloaded here

If there are any staff in your team who do not have access to a computer, please print off this notice for their attention and talk to them about the opportunity available.

All nominations must be submitted to Clare Henderson, Office of the University Secretary, 4 West 3.8, by noon on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Further information about Council is available

A job specification for Council members is available