1. To advise Council on the balance of skills of its members, including on the framework for assessing those skills.

  2. To make recommendations to Council on the appointment of new lay members and the terms of existing lay members, having regard to the balance of skills required by Council and to considerations of equality, diversity and inclusion.

  3. To make recommendations to Council on the appointment of the Chair of Council, the Treasurer, Senior Independent Director and Pro-Chancellors.

  4. To make recommendations to Council on the appointment of members of Council committees and, where appropriate, of Council members of joint committees of Council and Senate.

  5. To advise Council on the appropriate mechanisms for declaring, recording and reporting the interests of members of Council and its committees.

  6. To consider nominations for appointment to Court by Council.

  7. To carry out such tasks as may be delegated to it by Council, and to provide advice to Council, as appropriate.

  8. To produce a forward work-plan and conduct a biennial effectiveness review.


Total membership: a maximum of seven voting members, of whom a minimum of four must be lay members

Chair: Chair of Council ex-officio

Ex-officio members: Chair of Council (Chair), Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Academic Assembly and Student governor

Other non-voting members by appointment

Procedural rules

Alternates: The Vice-Chancellor can nominate an alternate in his capacity as Accountable Officer

Quorum: Three, including at least one lay member

Rules for voting: Voting normally by show of hands on the basis of simple majority, except for amendments to Terms of Reference, which require a two thirds majority

Minutes: Submitted to Council and published on website according to Council policy

Terms of Reference: Amendment requires two thirds majority and approval by Council

Approved by Nominations Committee on 6 July 2021

Approved by Council on 22 July 2021