University council

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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 of 20 members: 14 external members and six members from the university community, including the Vice-Chancellor, members of academic and support staff and Academic Board, and the president and education officers 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 and its committees

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

  • Audit committee
  • Council and foundation standing group
  • Finance and general purposes committee
  • Governance and nominations committee
  • Remuneration and human resources 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
University financial statements (2015/16)

Council minutes

3 October 2017

Contact details

For further information please contact the University Secretary and Academic Registrar, Dr 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