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Council

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.

Council meetings and sub-committees

Council is supported by the University’s Governance team. For queries please contact Ms Ellie Smith, the University Secretary (Extension 3554), Dr Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer (Extension 5066), or Ms Claire O’Callaghan (Extension 3049).

Meeting dates for Council during 2020-21 are: 6 October 2020, 23 November 2020, 9 February 2021, 13 April 2021, 1 June 2021 and 20 July 2021. There is also a joint meeting with Senate on 16 November 2020. Members may access Council committee paperwork by logging in to their Board Effect Platform.

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.

Audit Committee

 

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 2020-21 are 22 September 2020, 10 November 2020, 26 January 2021 and 8 June 2021

Governance Committee

 

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 2020-21 are 3 November 2020, 16 February 2021 and 6 July 2021.

Honorary Awards Committee

 

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 2020-21 are 23 February 2021.

Remuneration Committee

 

Remuneration Committee acts 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 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 Committee can be found on our Reports and Public Information page.

Meeting dates for 2020-21 are 13 October 2020, 2 March 2021, 17 May 2021 and 15 June 2021.

Resources Committee

 

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 2020-21 are 20 October 2020, 12 January 2021, 7 April 2021 and 13 July 2021.

Student Experience Committee

 

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 2020-21 are 9 March 2021 and 14 June 2021.