Governance

Council

View of Colchester Campus lake
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 terms of reference laid down 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

There are 25 members of Council (.pdf), the majority of whom are External.

Council's responsibilities are set out in Ordinance 10, Statement of Primary Responsibilities (.pdf)

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 Effectiveness Review

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

Joining Council

We have vacancies for members of Council from time-to-time. Our University Council oversee our work, help us exceed our goals and live our values. The experience, skills and enthusiasm of Council members help to shape the direction and development of the University. As members of our community, Council members are encouraged to push the boundaries of conventional wisdom, shaping what goes on around them and developing the curiosity and skills to change the world for the better.

To maintain our competitive edge, during a period of unprecedented change for the higher education sector, we need to continue to think and act in different ways. We seek to enhance further, the expertise and diversity of our University Council, our principal governing body, through the recruitment of new Council Members. We are interested to hear from individuals with the requisite intellectual capacity, commercial acumen and strategic leadership experience to support us in shaping our transformational agenda.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to our future direction of travel during a rapidly changing global environment. We are home to the curious, brave and bold. If you share our passion and have the skills and experience we seek, we would be keen to hear from you. Please email governance@essex.ac.uk with a short covering letter explaining why this appointment interests you and what you specifically would bring to the role together with your curriculum vitae (CV) with education and professional qualifications, full employment history and details of any Non-Executive experience. Please also include your preferred contact details, which will be used with discretion. The CV should include names and contact details of two referees. Applications can be made to governance@essex.ac.uk. All applications will be acknowledged.

Council roles and responsibilities

In addition to being members of the University's Council, members also carry the responsibilities of Trustees of the University as an exempt charity. Whether external or internal, all members of Council have equal standing, with a majority of the Council's members being from outside the University. The external members contribute a wide range of experience from the public and private sectors. Internal members help relate Council’s oversight and control over the University and its affairs to the experience of working in the University.

As a member of our Council you would be expected to contribute the equivalent of approximately 12 days per year. This will include attendance at four Council meetings, two half days and one Council away day per year, induction and training events.

The role descriptions for members of Council provides further information about the role and its responsibilities:

Get in touch
Bryn Morris Registrar and Secretary
Council membership enquires and nominations
Telephone: 01206 873000