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Help our Council reflect the diversity of our staff and students.Find out more information about the role and appointment process.

The University Council is our executive governing body, responsible for the management and administration of our revenue and property. The Council is entrusted with the proper conduct of University business in support of the objectives defined by the University Charter and Statutes:

  • strategic planning
  • financial affairs, including the annual budget
  • estates management
  • staffing matters
  • health and safety issues
  • oversight of the Students' Union

Members of Council

There are 25 members of Council, the majority of whom are external. We have vacancies on Council and its sub-committees from time to time and if you would be interested in joining Council and would like an informal discussion about the role, our Registrar and Secretary, Bryn Morris, would like to hear from you. Please email governance@essex.ac.uk for the attention of Bryn Morris in the first instance. The role description for the Chair of Council and the role description for members of Council provide further information about the responsibilities of our Council members, and the join Council page gives more information about the role of Council and how to submit your expression of interest.

Meetings of Council

Council normally meets five times a year, usually at our Colchester Campus. The dates and times of meetings of Council and its sub-committees can be found in the University diary of the academic year.

Council meeting minutes

Council Effectiveness Review

In July 2015, Council approved the report and recommendations following the latest Council Effectiveness Review 2014-15.

Committees of Council

More information about committees

Contact details

General enquiries about Council

Dr Sonia Virdee

Deputy Secretary and Director of Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning and Change, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874681

Email svirdee@essex.ac.uk

Council membership enquires and nominations

Bryn Morris

Registrar and Secretary

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 873000

Email registra@essex.ac.uk