Information for members of the council and lay members of Council committees

This information is intended to provide an introduction to the University for members of the Council and for lay members of Council Committees. If you require further information please contact David Swinn (email:, tel 0114 222 1213) or Kathryn Clements (email:, tel 0114 222 1716) and we will be pleased to help.

University facts and figures University facts and figures
Historical note Historical note
Location map Location map
University Departments List of University Departments
Prospectuses Undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses

Role and Responsibilities A description of the role and responsibilities of Council Members
Induction and development of members of Council A description of the induction materials, meetings and events available to new members of Council, but is also relevant to existing members.
Guidance on the Use of Personal Electronic Devices and Email Accounts A guidance note for lay members of Council and other University committees to inform their choice of devices and email accounts used for conducting University business.
Council membership framework A systematic ‘framework’ to articulate the process of recruitment to Council and its sub-committees and the subsequent induction and support of members.
University central committee structure The University central committee structure
Committee memberships and terms of reference Committee memberships and terms of reference
Council Members List of Council Members
University Statutes (PDF) Statutes of the University, including those relating to the membership and powers of the Council
University Calendar The Calendar of the University, including the Charter and Regulations of Council
Council papers and minutes Council papers and minutes
Review of the Effectiveness of the Council (PDF) Report on the Review of the Effectiveness of the Council (2017)
Our University, Our Plan, Our Future. The University Strategic Plan 2016-21
Financial Control and Governance Financial Control and Governance
Annual Report and Financial Statements Annual Report and Financial Statements
Risk Management University Risk Management policy and process
Code of Ethics The University Framework for Decision-making Relating to Ethical and Reputational Risk

CUC Higher Education Code of Governance Committee of University Chairs Higher Education Code of Governance (December 2014)
Office for Students terms and conditions of funding for higher education institutions Memorandum of assurance and accountability between HEFCE and institutions
Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England Funding terms and conditions for the period to 31 July 2019
Advance HE: governance web pages A website designed for University Governors, with links to a range of resources.
Leadership Foundation Governor Development Programme Information on the Leadership Foundation Governor Development Programme.
Leadership Foundation: Getting to Grips Series Resources for Governors of UK Universities and Colleges of Higher Education, Getting to Grips Series (Leadership Foundation, January 2009). These guides cover Academic Standards, Quality & the Student Experience, Audit, Estates and Infrastructure, Finance, Human Resources, Internationalisation, Research & Knowledge Transfer, and Risk.
Equality and Diversity Governing bodies, equality and diversity: A handbook for governors of higher education institutions (Advance HE / Equality Challenge Unit, April 2009).
The Essential Trustee What's required of a charity trustee, including their responsibilities to the charity.
Charity Fundraising - Trustee Checklist Charity Commission checklist for trustees in discharging their duties over fundraising, including a link to full guidance
Remuneration Committees A CUC Illustrative Practice Note on senior staff remuneration
Governing body responsibility for counter-terrorism and the Prevent agenda A CUC Illustrative Practice Note