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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 2015 - 2016

Document Submission Date
Tuesday 17 November 2015

Collingwood College

5 November 2015 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 19 January 2016 St Mary's College

7 January 2015 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 5 April 2016 Lindisfarne Centre

24 March 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 24 May 2016 St Mary's College

12 May 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 12 July 2016 Queen's Campus

30 June 2016 (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 2015-16

Please contact the University Secretary, Jennifer Sewel, or the Director of Governance and Executive Support, 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 University Secretary. Access to historic information may require a request under the Freedom of Information Act.