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Council is the university's governing body and is responsible for the educational character and mission of the university, the approval of annual estimates of income and expenditure, the appointment of senior staff, and the Articles of Association (revised May 2016) that set out the formal governance arrangements of the university.

Council membership

Council currently comprises 18 members: 14 external members and four members from the university community, including the vice-chancellor, representatives for both academic and support members of staff, and the president of the Students' Union.
Council members are required to declare any interests on appointment and during their term of office. If you wish to view the register of interests, please contact Penny Gravestock, assistant secretary to council on 01242 714184. 

Council is currently advertising for two new external members. Applications are invited from individuals with a strong personal commitment to higher education; with a successful track record of leadership and achievement in their professional lives; with an understanding of the leadership and management challenges in large, complex organisations; and experience of non-executive roles at board level. See more details of the role and apply.

Council and its committees

Council has created the following committees to assist in its work:

  • Audit committee
  • Council and foundation standing group
  • Employment policy committee
  • Finance and general purposes committee
  • Governance and nominations committee
  • Remuneration committee

Key documents

Council members
Chairs and officers of university council and council committees
Governance code of practice
Statement of primary responsibilities
Scheme of delegations
Council code of conduct
Role description: chair of council
Role description: vice-chair of council
Role description: member of council
Role description: additional responsibilities for a chair of a council committee
Role description: clerk to council
Guidelines for authors of council papers

Contact details

For further information please contact the University Secretary and Academic Registrar, Matthew Andrews.

For general enquiries relating to council, please contact:

Penny Gravestock
Assistant Secretary to Council
Fullwood House
University of Gloucestershire
The Park Cheltenham GL50 2RH
01242 714184
pennygravestock@glos.ac.uk