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Durham University


Council Member Area

Role of members

Members of Council have a corporate responsibility for:

  • ensuring that the responsibilities of Council are exercised in the best interests of the University
  • the proper stewardship of public and other funds and for ensuring that these are applied towards the University's primary charitable purpose of teaching and research
  • ensuring that its appointed officers properly exercise the powers of Council
  • promoting the strategic aims of the University

The University expects that, in accepting appointment, members of Council will make use of their skills and experience when exercising their responsibilities and play a full part in the taking of corporate decisions. Members do not however have an executive role (unless so invited): their role is primarily advisory and facilitating.

Expenses University Policies and Guidance

Members of Council may claim reasonable expenses incurred on Council business

Register of Interests and Biographies

The University Secretary's Office retains a Register of Interest of all Council members and publishes a separate mini-biography of each member.

Information will be requested on appointment and members will be asked annually to confirm or amend the details held. Throughout the year, members should advise the Chair of Council and the University Secretary of any changes to their details.

New Council Members

The option to 'buddy' with an experienced member is available on request.

At the end of the first year of appointment, the Chair invites members to discuss and reflect on their contribution to Council and the support provided.

Meeting Information

Council meetings are held around 6-7 times a year and meeting dates are published in advance. On the evening before the formal meeting there is generally a pre-Council presentation/discussion on a particular topic(s) from 5pm followed by drinks and dinner from 7pm. In advance of each meeting date, members will be emailed to confirm attandance at each event plus accommodation and transport requirements as appropriate. Meeting papers are available on Meeting Squared a week in advance of the meeting.

Some documents contain sensitive information and are closed under Sections 36 and 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. At this stage all documents are being circulated for the confidential use of members. Please take appropriate steps to ensure that the documents are kept securely on any devices or in paper copy.

For further information contact Kendra Greaves