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University of Bath


We are responsible for governance of the University.

As the governing body of the University, we have general oversight over the institution and its affairs. Council comprises 21 members, with a lay majority who come from outside the University, bringing skills and experience from other sectors. The Vice-Chancellor is also a member of Council, as are members of University staff and two elected officers from the Students' Union.

We act in the interests of the University as a whole, take collective responsibility for making decisions, and adhere to the seven Nolan Principles of public life. To ensure transparency and impartiality, Council maintains a register of members' interests available online.

We meet at least five times a year, participate in strategy sessions and sit on Council committees, including finance, remuneration, audit and risk.

Ex officio members

    • Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor, expiry of term ex-officio
    • [John Preston(/profiles/treasurer-john-preston/), Treasurer, expiry of term 31 December 2020
    • Dr Jane White, Chair of Academic Assembly, expiry of term ex-officio 2021

Appointed members

Elected members

    • Dr Marion Harney, Elected by the Senate from its members, expiry of term 2023
    • Professor Tim Ibell, Elected by the Senate from its members, expiry of term 2023
    • Dr David Moon, Elected by Academic Assembly from the members of Senate, expiry of term 2022
    • Mesar Hameed, Elected by Non-Academic Staff, expiry of term 2021
    • Malcolm Holley, Elected by Non-Academic Staff, expiry of term 2022

Student governors

Routine attendees