The University of Sheffield Council

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

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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 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.  

Council membership comprises a majority of non-executive, lay members with a range of extensive experience and expertise in a variety of areas. Remaining Council posts are taken by both executive and non-executive members of University staff and by students.

The role and responsibilities of Council members are set out here.

Council minutes and papers are made publicly available, with the exception of those that contain commercially sensitive or otherwise confidential information.

Induction and Members' Information for 2017-18

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 and the wider higher education sector and which is available to all members for reference throughout their term of office.