University Council

The University's Charter of Incorporation establishes Council as the governing body with statutes governing both its composition and the extent of its powers, supplemented by the detailed provisions of regulations.

The University crest in stained glass

The Council is responsible for overseeing the discharge of the University's legal and regulatory responsibilities as well as the strategic development and overall performance of University business.

It does this in a number of ways, for example through designated sub-committees.

The Vision web pages outline the University's strategic vision and development.

You can also read about the Statutes of the University (PDF).

There shall be a Council of the University which shall be the University's governing body with responsibility for the management of the University and the conduct of all the University's affairs.

University Charter

Article 4

Recruitment and induction for Council


Recruitment – in the Council membership framework (PDF)

Induction and members' information

The University provides new Council members and new lay members of University Committees with a variety of material intended to provide an introduction to the University.

This includes an induction to the wider higher education sector, which is available to all members for reference throughout their term of office

Information for members of the Council


Council Standing Orders (PDF)

Register of Interests (Council) (PDF)

Register of Interests (Full version) (PDF)

Template for Committee reports (.docx)

Council Executive Summary template (Google doc)

Council Executive Summary Guidance Notes (PDF)

Election Rules (PDF)

External publications

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: Governance (Advance UK)

CUC Higher Education Code of Governance

OfS Terms and Conditions of Funding for Higher Education Institutes

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.