University of Bath

Committee on the office of Vice-Chancellor

Responsible for making recommendations to Council and Senate on the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Council and Senate on the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the university.


    Term of office expire on 31st July in the year stated.

    Name Position Term of Office
    His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO Chancellor ex-officio
    Mr T Sheppard Chair of Council ex-officio
    Mr R Whorrod Member of Council elected by Council 2018
    Mr P Troughton Member of Council elected by Counicl 2020
    Professor J Davenport Member of Senate elected by Senate 2019
    Professor B Morley Member of Senate elected by Senate 2020
    Professor J Knight Member of Senate elected by Senate 2018

    The following have been invited by the Chancellor, after consultation with the committee and with members of Council, to participate in meetings of the committee as part of the process of recruiting a new Vice-Chancellor in 2018:

    Name Position
    Professor Julia Buckingham Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University
    Professer Veronica Hope Hailey Dean of School of Management
    Ms Jane Loveys Director of Accommodation and Hospitality
    Mrs Mandy Wilson Garner Deputy Chief Executive, Students' Union

    The following officers routinely attend meetings of the committee:-

    Name Position
    John Rushforth Secretary
    Richard Brooks Director of Human Resources


    The Committee will be convened as required.

    The minutes and summaries of meetings of the Office of Vice-Chancellor Committee are not published here because they contain information which the University has declared will not be routinely published under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Further information about the Act (including the reasons why such information is exempt from publication). If you have any queries about the business conducted by the Committee, please contact Mark Humphriss.

Terms of Reference

    Approved by Privy Council in 1966, Revised in 2009.

    In accordance with Section 5.1 of the Statutes, the successors to the first Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council after consideration of a report from a Joint Committee consisting of the Chancellor, Chair of Council and two other members of the Council and three members of the Senate; the Chair shall be appointed by the Chancellor.

    Procedural Rules

    • Appointment of Chair: Appointed by the Chancellor.
    • Co-option: See Council Standing Orders 16(iv) and 16(v).
    • Alternates: See Council Standing Order 17(iii) and 17(iv).
    • Quorum: One third of the membership (Council Standing Order 16(vi)).
    • Rules for voting: None specified.
    • Minutes: Submitted to Council and Senate.