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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

The Buckinghamshire New University’s Council consists of a majority of Independent (lay) members together with University staff and students to a maximum membership of 25. Independent members serve for a maximum of two x four-year terms of office.

We very much welcome applications for new Independent Members to join the Council. Further details relating to the role of Independent Members and the University’s mission, strategy and achievements can be found in our Candidate Pack for Independent Council Members.

If you are interested in joining the Council as an Independent Member we would be pleased to receive expressions of interest or an application (CV and covering letter). 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’s Governance team. For queries please contact Ellie Smith, the University Secretary and Clerk to Council (Extension 3554), Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer (Extension 5066), Claire O’Callaghan, Senior Registry Officer (Extension 3049) or Joanna Hawkes, Registry officer (Extension 4294).

Meeting dates for Council during 2021-22 are: 5 October 2021, 23 November 2022, 8 February 2022, 12 April 2022, 31 May 2022 and 19 July 2022. There is also a joint meeting with Senate on 14 November 2021. 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.