Elections to Council

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Elections to Council

Nominations were sought for two members of Senate, at least one of whom should be a Head of Department/School to stand for election to Council for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 (three year term). The election closed at midday on Friday 23 June 2017.


27 ballot votes were received, there were 0 spoilt papers and 27 ballot entries were counted. The election result is as follows:

Result of Senate Election to the membership of Council 2015-16 to 2017-18

Name Vote total Position
Professor Katharine Rockett 17 1st
Professor Paul Hibbard 8 4th
Dr Nicolas Geeraert 9 3rd=
Professor Andrew Canessa 11 2nd
Dr John Bartle 9 3rd=

Therefore, we have pleasure in confirming that Professor Katharine Rockett and Professor Andrew Canessa are duly appointed to Council from the 1 August 2017.

In accordance with Ordinance 16, the Academic Staff members of Senate elected by Senate to the Council, shall constitute the Senate Agenda Group. The Senate Agenda Group meets about a month before each Senate meeting to discuss possible agenda items for discussion under Section A of the Senate agenda, which covers items relating to academic policy and strategy. The chair of the Senate Agenda Group meets with the Vice-Chancellor and others shortly afterwards to discuss the Senate agenda and, where appropriate, to request that items be placed on the agenda. The Senate Agenda Group may recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that an extraordinary meeting of the Senate be called to discuss an urgent matter of academic policy or strategy.

Thank you to all the candidates and those who took part in the election. We wish both Professor Freyenhagen and Professor Busfield a successful term of office on Council

Meeting datesĀ 


  • Monday 27 November 2017, 2pm-5pm
  • Monday 19 February 2018, 2pm-5pm
  • Monday 14 May 2018, 2pm-5pm (preceded by Council Away Day 9am-1pm)
  • Thursday 12 July 2018, 2pm-5pm (preceded by Council Away Day 9am-1pm)

Council away day

  • Thursday 16 November 2017, 9am-5pm
  • Monday 14 May 2018, 9am-1pm (followed by Council meeting, as above)
  • Thursday 12 July 2018, 9am-1pm (followed by Council meeting, as above)

Council induction

  • Monday 25 September 2017, 9am-5pm