Nominations are requested for the vacancy for one member of non-academic staff (ie a member of a Job Family other than that of Education and Research) to serve on the Council of the University from 1st August 2012 to 31st July 2015.
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/March, May and June/July on Thursday afternoons at 4.15 p.m. For dates of meetings in 2012/13 and 2013/14, please refer to the Calendars of Meetings. The formal Council meeting is followed by a buffet and occasionally an informal evening session. Members of Council are also invited to attend key events of the University, such as the opening of new buildings.
Nominations are now invited for a member of non-academic staff to serve on Council for the period 1st August 2012 to 31st July 2015. The retiring member, Angela Harrington, 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 non-academic staff) 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.
All nominations must be submitted to Clare Henderson, Office of the University Secretary, 4 West 3.8, by 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 14 May 2012.
Further information about Council is available via the web.
A job specification for Council members is available.