The Council is the governing body, responsible for the finance, property, investments and general business of the University, and for setting the general strategic direction of the institution. The Council is responsible for assuring the quality and standards of the University’s academic provision and is discharging its duties in accordance with the Welsh Quality Assessment Framework.
The Council endeavours to conduct its business in accordance with the seven principles identified by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership), and continues to seek to align with the Higher Education Code of Governance that was first published in December 2014 and revised in 2018 by the Committee of University Chairs.
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.
All members of Council have equal status and carry equal responsibility for the decisions taken collectively by the Council.
Membership of the Council of Swansea University
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. Minutes are available from the Secretary of Council.
The Council has a Code of Practice which can be viewed via this link: Council Code of Practice
The University undertook an External Review of the Effectiveness of the Council in 2018/19, which is available to read via this link - External Review of the Effectiveness of Council 2018/19 and Council has adopted an action plan to implement the changes.
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 and is available from the Secretary of Council.