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Governing Body - Council

Council is our governing body and is responsible for the educational character and mission of our University. It also oversees financial probity, the employment policy for staff, and the corporate policies, rules and procedures that underpin how we are governed. Council is set up in accordance with our Instrument and Articles of Government approved by the Privy Council and its membership consists of a majority of lay members whose interests and experience align to the business of the University.


Recruitment of New Independent Council Members

We are actively seeking enthusiastic and energetic individuals who have a keen interest in higher education and bring key skills of collaboration, communication and commercial acumen to join the University’s Council.  We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with skills and expertise related to:

  • Accounting; Finance, including banking and investment;
  • Commercial, including mergers and acquisitions;
  • Legal, including compliance and regulation
  • Higher education sector, including government policy

Additionally, we would particularly welcome individuals with regional connections to Buckinghamshire.

Further details relating to the role of Independent members together with information on the University’s strategic vision and achievements can be found in our Independent Council Members Recruitment Pack


If being part of the University’s mission to transform lives through inspiring, employment- and profession-focused education, and enabling our students positively to impact society we would be pleased to receive expressions of interest or an application (CV and covering letter) by 30 April 2023.  We are also happy to arrange informal discussions regarding the role should this be helpful.

Please direct any queries or correspondence in relation to joining our University’s Council to Ellie Smith, University Secretary and Clerk to the Council. Email:


Council meetings and sub-committees

Council is supported by the University Secretary’s Office. For queries please contact Ellie Smith, the University Secretary and Clerk to Council (Extension 3554) or Dr Emma Tomsett, Senior Committee Officer (Extension 3186)

The work of Council is delegated to several sub-committees which are chaired by Council members. Please see the Council Committees document for full details of constitutions and terms of reference


The main duty of the Audit Committee is to advise Council on how to establish and review the procedures for auditing the University’s activities.

Meeting dates for 2022-23 are 20 September 2022, 15 November 2022, 21 February 2023 and 27 June 2023.


Governance Committee is responsible for looking after issues relating to the governance of the University. These include the appointment of Council members and the scheduling of Council committee meetings.

Meeting dates for 2022-23 are 8 November 2022, 7 March 2023 and 20 June 2023.


The Honorary Awards Committee reports to both Council and Senate. The main purpose of this Committee is to consider nominations for honorary awards of the University (both degrees and fellowships) on a confidential basis.

See the list of our past Honorary Awards.

Meeting dates for 2022-23 are 27 September 2022 and 24 January 2023.


The Staff Reward and Vice-Chancellor’s Remuneration Committees act under delegated authority to consider the performance and remuneration of senior employees of the University including the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Executive Team. The Staff Reward Committee also considers policies and procedures in relation to the remuneration of these employees and provides assurance that the University is adhering to guidance on senior pay.

The University Annual Remuneration Statements as approved by the Staff Reward Committee can be found on our Reports and Public Information page.

Meeting dates for 2022-2023 are as follows:

  1. Staff Reward Committee: 7 November 2022 and 6 June 2023

  2. Vice-Chancellor’s Remuneration Committee: 7 November 2022 and 6 June 2023.


The Resources Committee is responsible for recommending to Council the annual operating and capital budget. It also considers financial performance, estates and physical resources, and human resources matters and strategies in relation to these areas.

The University’s Annual Report and Financial Statements can be found on our Reports and Public Information page.

Meeting dates for 2022-23 are 1 November 2022, 17 January 2023, 21 March 2023 and 4 July 2023.


The Student Experience Committee meets three times a year. The main duty of the committee is to monitor key performance measures in relation to the student experience. The Committee also maintains oversight of the relationship between the University and Bucks Students’ Union.

Meeting dates for 2022-23 are 18 October 2022, 28 February 2023 and 13 June 2023.