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Council is the ultimate governing body of the University and its Trustee Board. Subject to the powers reserved to Senate, it has ultimate responsibility for all the affairs of the University. The core responsibilities of Council include:

  • setting the strategic direction of the University
  • the custody, control and disposition of all its property and finance
  • reviewing the work of the University
  • advancing the interests of the University, maintaining its efficiency and encouraging the prosecution of learning and research in the University.

The Secretary of the Council, by Statute, is the Registrar and Secretary. This post has been separated into two roles.

To find out more information on the committees of Council, please click here.

Council Effectiveness Reviews 

University Council and its committees regularly review their performance. A quinquennial review of Council was conducted in September 2010. The paper summarises the review process undertaken and its conclusions.

Council meeting dates: Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Document Submission Date

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

Wednesday 17 September 2014 (10.00 am)

Friday 21 November 2014

Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

Tuesday 11 November 2014 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 20 January 2015 Penthouse suite, Collingwood College

Wednesday 7 January 2015 (10.00 am)

Friday 27 March 2015 Kenworthy Room, St Mary's College

Monday 16 March 2015 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 19 May 2015 Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede

Wednesday 6 May 2015 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 7 July 2015 Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede

Wednesday 24 June 2015 (10.00 am)

Please follow the link below for information on the latest University Executive Committee (UEC) business meetings to which items must be submitted in order to be considered for inclusion on the Council Agenda. The deadline for receipt of documents for items to be included on the agenda for meetings of Council are set out above. For all documents for Council please use this report template.

Committee Scheduling Dates 2014/15

Please contact the Acting University Secretary, Kate Deeming if you wish an item to be included on the agenda for a Council meeting.

Council minutes

The most recent minutes of Council meetings can be found here. Minutes earlier than 1 August 2009 (where published) can be obtained from the Acting University Secretary. Access to historic information may require a request under the Freedom of Information Act.