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Council Members

Ex-officio members

Dr Jenny Pyper, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council

Dr Jenny Pyper, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council

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Mr David Clements, Honorary Treasurer

Mr David Clements, Honorary Treasurer

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Professor Paul Bartholomew, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Paul Bartholomew, Vice-Chancellor

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Ms Grace Boyle, Students' Union President

Ms Grace Boyle, Students' Union President

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Appointed members

Elected members

Terms of Reference

To be responsible to the Council for:


  1. To consider matters pertinent to financial sustainability and to recommend plans as appropriate to Council to manage associated risks, including the Financial Strategy.
  2. To ensure a system is in place to allocate funds in line with the University’s strategic priorities, including the Students’ Union budget.
  3. To approve the financial forecast including the Infrastructure Strategy.
  4. To oversee the effectiveness of the Delegated Authority Framework.
  5. To recommend to the Council the adoption of the annual reports and accounts, to include the accounts of the University’s subsidiary companies.

People and Culture

  1. To receive regular reports on the delivery of the People & Culture Strategy.
  2. To receive reports on turnover and sickness trends, employment conditions, succession planning, career development and other related issues as appropriate.
  3. To receive reports on grievances, bully and harassment complaints and industrial tribunal cases
  4. To receive reports on any strategy structural changes in relation to the University’s Strategic Plan..
  5. To make recommendations to the Council on matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion through receipt of regular updates on initiatives.


  1. To receive regular reports on the delivery of the Estates Strategy.
  2. To keep under review and advise on matters relating to the procurement, upkeep, management and disposal of the University’s estate, having due regard to the Institution’s obligations of stewardship in respect to DfE.
  3. To monitor performance in relation to University policies on energy efficiency and the environment as these relate to responsibilities falling to the Department of Physical Resources.

Marketing & Communications, Campus Life & Digital

  1. To receive strategies of all directorates within the Chief Operating Officer’s portfolio and monitor achievement of these strategies in line with targets and/or objectives set out in the University’s 5&50 Strategic Plan.

Student Matters

  1. Receive reports (at least annually) on student complaints and appeals.


  1. To provide a report on the work of the Committee to each meeting of the University Council in a format to be determined by the Council.

In reaching decisions the Committee will have due regard to their impact on, and implications for, the University’s commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity and good relations as outlined in its Equality Scheme, and associated policies, and where possible and practicable the Committee will ensure that its actions are proactive in this respect.