Election of Member of Staff to Serve on Council

Would you like to make a contribution to the University by serving on its governing body, or do you have a colleague who you think would be good in that role?

Nominations are invited for an election for a member of professional services staff to fill a vacancy on the University Council. The successful candidate will serve a three-year term, from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2024.

What is the University Council?

Council is the governing body of the University and its 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;

  • 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.

Who sits on Council?

Council is chaired by Pamela Chesters and has a majority of lay members, who are appointed from outside the University. Other members are the Vice-Chancellor, the Chair of Academic Assembly, three members of academic staff, two members of professional services staff, and two student governors.

Council members are often appointed to sit on one of Council’s committees, which include the Finance Committee, the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and the Nominations Committee.

How often does it meet?

Council normally meets five times per year, on Thursday mornings in October, November, February, May and July. In addition, there are evening development sessions and autumn and spring strategy days in October and March. For dates of meetings in 2021/22, please refer to the Calendar of Meetings.

Serving as a member of Council involves a time commitment of a maximum of two days per month, including the reading necessary to prepare for meetings. In view of the time commitment, prospective candidates are advised to discuss the matter with their line managers before putting themselves forwards.

How do I find out more?

For more information about what is involved in becoming a Council member, please consult the job specification. Alternatively you can contact the Head of Strategic Governance, Emily Commander, on strategic-governance@bath.ac.uk; the retiring member of professional services staff, Mesar Hameed; or Malcolm Holley, whose term of office runs until 31 July 2022.

How do I stand for election?

  • You must be a member of professional service staff (and not be a member of the Academic Assembly).

  • You should provide a statement setting out why you wish to join Council/what you can contribute to the work of Council in not more than 150 words.

  • Candidates should complete the nomination form, which may be submitted either in hard copy or electronic format.

  • A hard copy nomination consists of the nomination form, which must be signed by both a proposer and a seconder and must be accompanied by a declaration by the candidate that they will serve if elected.

  • An electronic nomination consists of e-mails from both the proposer and the seconder confirming their nominee, and an e-mail from the candidate confirming that they will serve if elected.

  • The proposer and the seconder must both also be members of professional services staff.

  • You can nominate yourself, but you will still require a proposer and seconder to support your nomination.

Completed nomination forms, along with supporting statements, should be sent by email to strategic-governance@bath.ac.uk or to Room 3.12, Wessex House, by noon on Monday 26 April 2021.

Once the closing date for nominations has been reached, an election will be arranged in which all members of professional services staff are eligible to vote. In the event that only a single nomination has been received, that candidate will be automatically appointed to Council.