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 and Vice-Chair of Council, the Treasurer, 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 advise Council on induction and training for members of Council and its committees.

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

  8. Under delegated authority from Council, to appoint Council representatives on external and internal bodies.

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


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

Chair: Chair of Council ex-officio

Ex-officio members: Chair of Council, Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Academic Assembly, President of Students’ Union

Other members by appointment

Procedural rules

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

Quorum: Three

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 29 January 2020

Approved by Council on 20 February 2020