Council is the governing body of the University. It has the ultimate power of decision in all matters affecting the University.
Council is the supreme authority of the University. It is responsible for the efficient management and conduct of the affairs of the University, including finances and property. The full terms of reference for the Council are detailed in Statute VII.
Council regularly conducts a review of its effectiveness and an action plan is developed from the review. The most recent external review was commissioned by Council from the Good Governance Institute and was undertaken in 2017. Download the report [920KB, PDF].
The University is a registered charity and Council acts as the Board of Trustees of the charity.
Council usually meets four times a year and there is a series of activities throughout the year, including development activity.
Council is made up of a majority of lay/independent members as well as staff and student members. Find out more about current members of Council.
Chair of Council
Professor Stuart Palmer, FREng, is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick. He holds a BSc, PhD and DSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield.
Professor Palmer was appointed to Council on 2 December 2013 and became Chair of Council in January 2016. He is also a member of Finance and Resources Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Register of interests
In accordance with our Ordinances, and in line with good practice, the University publishes the Register of Interests for all members of Council and Audit and Risk committee.
Statement of Independence
The University Council appoints Lay Member to act as independent governors. The University has adopted a robust approach to ensuring independence of Lay Members. This approach, together with the Definition and Principles of Independence, is set out in the Statement of Independence.
The University has a Benefits Policy for all lay members of Council, including payment of expenses, benefits and hospitality.
If you have any questions about the role of council members, or the nomination process please contact Governance: