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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 2016 - 2017

Document Submission Date
Monday 19 September 2016 (Awayday)

Lindisfarne Centre

8 September 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 20 September 2016 (Awayday continued)

Business School

8 September 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 25 October 2016 Lindisfarne Centre

13 October 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 15 November 2016 Collingwood College

3 November 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 13 December 2016 Lindisfarne Centre

1 December 2016 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 7 February 2017 St Mary's College

26 January 2017 (10.00 am)

Wednesday 22 February 2017 Venue to be confirmed

10 February 2017 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 4 April 2017 Lindisfarne Centre

23 March 2017 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 23 May 2017 Venue to be confirmed

11 May 2017 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 11 July 2017 Collingwood College

29 June 2017 (10.00)

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.

Council meeting dates: Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Document Submission Date
Monday 18 September 2017 (Awayday)

Lindisfarne Centre

7 September 2017 (10.00 am)
Tuesday 19 September 2017 (Awayday continued) Collingwood College 7 September 2017 (10.00 am)
Tuesday 24 October 2017 St Mary's College

12 October 2017 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 14 November 2017 St Mary's College

2 November 2017 (10.00 am)

Tuesday 12 December 2017 Lindisfarne Centre

30 November 2017 (10.00 am)

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.