Elections to Council

Becoming a member

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The membership of Council is defined by Statute 1 (.pdf) and amplified by Ordinance 12 (.pdf) which states that:

"The five Academic Staff members of the Senate elected by the Senate to the Council … shall include at least three Heads of Department and at least one member who is not a Professor at the time of election."

Statute 3(b) and (e) state that:

"Senate elected Members of the Council... shall hold office until the end of the third year following their appointment or such earlier date as may in each case be determined by the Senate to effect rotation. An Elected member of the Council upon completion of his or her third term of membership under 3(b) shall be eligible for re-election for a further term not exceeding three year, and shall upon completion of any further term of membership or upon resignation, not be eligible to be a Member of the Council by re-election until one year has elapsed from the date of the completion of his or her term of membership."


The vacancies arise following the completion of term of:

  • Professor Tim Juetten, Head of School, Philosophy and Art History and
  • Professor Andrew Canessa, Head of Department, Sociology

Current members of the Council elected by Senate, whose term will continue in 2020-21, are:

  • Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones, Head of Department, Essex Pathways
  • Professor Monika Schmid, Head of Department, Language and Linguistics
  • Fiona Elsted, Essex Pathways


The Nomination form must be signed by the nominee and by two members of Senate, one of whom must be from a department different from that of the nominee. Electronic signatures are preferred. Where an electronic signature is not possible, a separate original email confirmation from the nominator/seconder, will be accepted.

Nominees are requested to provide a personal statement/brief biography in support of their nomination, in no more than 350 words, on the pro forma on the second page of the nomination form.

A list of those eligible to stand for election and vote is provided. Members of Senate who are on study leave in 2020-21 should be able to attend meetings and meet the other requirements of Council membership. Please see further information below.

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 26 May 2020. Nominations must be received by the Governance Office, email elections@essex.ac.uk by 5pm on that date.

Additional forms required

In addition to the nomination form, nominees are required to submit the following forms:

If elected, you will be required to submit a Fit and Proper Persons Declaration for appointment to Council. 


The election will be held from midday Wednesday 27 May 2020 to midday Wednesday 17 June 2020. Should a ballot be necessary, ballot information will be sent by email to members of Senate on Wednesday 28 May 2020. Please note that there will be an electronic ballot only and no paper ballot will be held.

Further information

Further information about Council and the role description for members of Council (.pdf) can be found on the Governance website. In addition to Council meetings/forums/away days and compulsory induction events, Council members are required to undertake the courses set out in the Essential Training Policy. Acceptance of Council is construed as acceptance of the Governor Code of Conduct.

Senate elected member of Council may also be appointed to the following Council sub-committees during their period of office:

  • Nominations Committee (3 meetings per year)
  • Resources Committee (4 meetings per year)
  • People Supporting Strategy Committee (2 meetings per year)


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 strategy and policy. 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 strategy or  policy.




Meeting dates 


  • Monday 30 November 2020, 1.30pm-5pm
  • Monday 1 March 2021, 1.30pm-5pm (preceded by Council forum 9am-1.30pm)
  • Monday 17 May 2021, 1.30pm-5pm
  • Thursday 15 July 2021, 1.30pm-5pm (preceded by Council forum 9am-1.30pm)

Council away day

  • Thursday 19 November 2020, 9am-5pm
  • Monday 10 May 2021, 9am-5pm

Council forum

  • Monday 1 March 2021, 9am-1pm  (followed by Council meeting, as above)
  • Thursday 15 July 2021, 9am-1pm (followed by Council meeting, as above)

Council induction/training event

  • Wednesday 30 September, 2020, 9am-5pm
  • Monday 30 November 2020, 9am-1pm