The Governing Body of the University, the Council, consists of 28 members, a majority of whom are "lay" members not directly connected with the University. There are also staff and student members.
You can read more about the current members of Council › HERE
All members of Council have equal status and carry equal responsibility for the decisions taken collectively by the Council.
The University is a registered charity and Council acts as the Board of Trustees of the charity.
The Council normally holds four meetings each year in October, December, March and July. Decisions from these meetings can be accessed via this link.
The University recently underwent its first external review of Council Effectiveness which concluded that the Council was discharging its duties appropriately and effectively as the governing body of the University. A copy of the full report is available here
and an action plan has been developed.
The University has produced a code of practice which outlines in detail the remit of Council and the roles, responsibilities and liabilities of Council members.
Read the Council's code of practice › HERE
Serving as members of the Council and the committees supporting the Council
The University is seeking members of the public to serve as members of the Council and the committees supporting the Council. Members are expected to consider issues on merit and in terms of the best interests of the University, its objects and mission. Members are not remunerated but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are claimable.
The University values diversity and welcomes approaches from all sections of society in order to enhance the diversity profile of its governance-related bodies. It is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. The University aims to ensure that such individuals are treated solely on the basis of abilities and potential, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Members of the public interested in exploring the possibility of co-option to the University Council or its committees should contact the Secretary to Council for an initial discussion.