University of Birmingham ShieldThe Council is the University’s supreme governing body, responsible for setting the strategic direction and policies governing all aspects of the University’s activity. It is responsible for the University’s:

  • strategic planning
  • organisational structure
  • finances, investments and businesses
  • estates, infrastructure and property
  • employment of staff

The Council has 24 members, two-thirds of whom are independent 'lay' members (neither employees nor students of the University) and the remainder are academic staff and students. The Chair of the Council, the Pro-Chancellor, is elected from amongst the lay members. Mr Ed Smith is the current Pro-Chancellor.

The following sub-committees report to Council -

  • Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee (SPRC)
  • Audit Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Remuneration Committee