The vacancy

We're requesting nominations for one member of staff who is not a member of the Academic Assembly to serve on Council from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022.

Following a Statute change, there will be an additional place on Council for a member of staff who is not a member of the Academic Assembly. The new member will be elected by the staff who are not members of the Academic Assembly, in accordance with the Ordinances.

Last year, Mr Mesar Hameed filled the other place for this group of staff. He will serve on Council until 31 July 2021.

About Council

Council is the governing body of the University. Our primary responsibilities include:

  • approving the mission and strategic vision of the University, long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and ensuring these meet the interests of stakeholders
  • appointing the head of the University as chief executive, and making suitable arrangements to monitor their performance
  • ensuring the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and making clear procedures for handling internal grievances and managing conflicts of interest
  • monitoring institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs, which should be benchmarked against other institutions

Council has a majority of lay members who are not staff or students of the University. We normally meet five times each academic year in October, November, February, May and July. Meetings take place on a Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm. We will be holding a Strategy Day on 24 October 2019.

See the dates of meetings in the 2019/20 academic year. The formal Council meeting is followed by refreshments and occasionally an informal information session. Members of Council are also invited to attend key events of the University.

How to nominate

You can submit your nomination in either written or electronic format.

A written nomination must include the signatures of the proposer and the seconder (who must also be a member of staff who is not a member of Academic Assembly) and must be accompanied by a declaration from the candidate that they will serve if elected.

An electronic nomination must include emails from the proposer and seconder confirming their nominee and an email from the candidate declaring their willingness to serve if elected.

Send completed nomination forms and supporting statements to Angela Pater by 12pm (midday) on Monday 19 August 2019.