Become an external member of Council

If you're not employed by the University, you could become an external member of Council, helping to set strategy and oversee investments for the University.

About the role

Help oversee the management of the University and promote its interests locally, nationally and abroad.


As an external member of Council, you'll use your experience and skills in fields like industry, business, health, local government, or the voluntary sector to help oversee the effective management of the institution and set the strategy for its development.

Acting as an ambassador, you'll promote the University's interests, help with philanthropic and fundraising projects and make a positive contribution towards the University's mission.

You'll also need to be available for Council meetings, which take place throughout the academic year.

About the University

Become part of the story of the University and help shape our future.


The University received its Royal Charter in 1966 and we're now established as a top 10 UK university1 with a reputation for research and teaching excellence.

We're highly ranked in independent league tables for overall performance, student satisfaction and graduate employment.

Based on an award-winning campus overlooking a World Heritage city, we offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subjects like engineering, humanities, management, science and social science.

Read the supporting information for prospective Council members.

Express your interest

Apply to become an external member of Council for a term of three years.


To apply to be an external member, you need to complete the:

In the interest of diversity, we particularly welcome applications from women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

If successful, you'll be appointed for a term of three years, expiring on 31 July of the final year.

Complete the form to become an external member of Council

Express your interest

Contact the Secretariat

Contact us for more information or if you have any queries about Council.


  1. Ranked 6th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020