The Council

The Council is the University's supreme governing body, responsible for the approval of the mission and strategic vision of the University; monitoring institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs; control of assets; finances, estates and long-term business plans; annual budgets and accounts; oversight of HR policy and employment matters; the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor; ensuring that control and accountability systems for all matters are in place and monitored, including risk assessment and conflict of interest procedures.

The Council annually adopts a Code of Practice on Corporate Governance and Related Procedural Matters which sets out the Council's primary responsibilities and provides a foundation for the work of Council and its committees.

Membership 2016/17

The Council has 24 members, two-thirds of who are independent 'lay' members (neither employees nor students of the University). 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 membership of the Council for 2016/17 is:

16 Lay Members

     Term of Office
(to 31 July -
unless otherwise stated)
Mr Derrick Anderson CBE    2020
Dame Christine Braddock DBE    2018
Mr Alan Davey CBE    2018
Mr David Davies OBE    2019
Mr Martin Devenish    2018
Mr Malcolm Harbour CBE    2018
Mr Richard Haywood - Deputy Pro-Chancellor    2019* 
Dame Lin Homer   2020**
Ms Caragh Merrick - Treasurer    2018*** 
Sir Terry Morgan   2020     
Dame Una O'Brien   2020****
Mr Ed Smith - Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council    2020
Dr Ranjit Sondhi CBE    2018
Mr David Stead    2019
Vacancy x2    

* Term of office expires on 30 November 2019.

**Term of office expires on 28th June 2020.       

*** Term of office expires on 31st August 2018.  

**** Term of office expires on 31st May 2020.         

   

8 Academic and Student Members

Professor Sir David Eastwood - Vice-Chancellor and Principal  
Professor Tim Jones - Provost and Vice-Principal  

4 Academic Staff elected by and from the Academic Staff Members of Senate:

 
                                                                                                                       Term of Office
(to 31 July -
unless otherwise stated)
Professor Peter Fryer - Chemical Engineering  2017
Professor Hisham Mehanna - Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences 2019
Professor Corey Ross  2020
Professor Karen Rowlingson  2020

The President and one other Student Officer of the Guild of Students:

Ms Ellie Keiller - President of the Guild of Students  
Ms Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Officer

Secretary to Council

Mr Lee Sanders - Registrar and Secretary 

Terms of Reference

The powers of the Council are set out in the Charter and Statutes of the University. The primary responsibilities of Council in the CUC Code can be summarised as:

  1. To approve the mission and strategic vision of the University, long-term academic and business plans and key performance indicators, and to ensure that these meet the interests of stakeholders.

  2. To ensure that processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the University against the plans and approved key performance indicators, which should be - where possible and appropriate - benchmarked against other comparable institutions.

  3. To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.

  4. To delegate authority to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, as head of the University, for the academic, corporate, financial, estate and human resource management of the University and to keep under regular review how such management functions are undertaken by and under the authority of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

  5. To safeguard the good name and values of the University.

  6. To be the employing authority for all staff in the University and to be responsible for regular review of its human resources strategy.

  7. To be the principal financial and business authority of the University, to ensure that proper books of account are kept, to approve the annual budget and financial statements, and to have overall responsibility for the University's assets, property and estate.

  8. To be the University's legal authority and, as such, to ensure that systems are in place for meeting all the University's legal obligations, including those arising from contracts and other legal commitments made in the institution's name.

  9. To receive assurance that adequate provision has been made for the general welfare of students.

Committees of Council

The four Committees of Council are:

Further information about Committees can be obtained by contacting be contacting the Secretary for the Committee. The Secretary's contact details can be found on the individual web page for each Committee.

Minutes

The Council currently has five business meetings during each academic year. The minutes of meetings are published retrospectively.

Please see the links below for minutes of meetings held 2015/16

14 October 2015
27 November 2015
3 February 2016
20 April 2016
29 June 2016

Please see the links below for minutes of meetings held 2014/15

8 October 2014
26 November 2014
4 February 2015
22 April 2015
1 July 2015

Please see the links below for minutes of meetings held 2013/14

2 October 2013
27 November 2013
5 February 2014
9 April 2014
2 July 2014

Please see the links below for minutes of meetings held 2012/13

3 October 2012
29 November 2012
30 January 2013
24 April 2013
26 June 2013

Contact Details

Any queries relating to the Council should be directed to: