University Council

Council is the governing body of the University. It carries out its business by following the Instrument and Articles of Government approved by the Privy Council.

Council is responsible for the educational character and mission of the University. It oversees financial probity, the employment policy for staff and the corporate policies, rules and procedures that underpin how Bucks is governed.

It is also Council’s responsibility to establish an Audit Committee, set up a Senate and keep its constitution under review, and make recommendations to the Privy Council if the Instrument or the Articles of Government need revising.

In addition to the Audit Committee, Council has established a number of sub-committees to support its work. See the separate sub-pages for more information about these bodies, including terms of reference, membership, minutes (Council only) and dates of meetings for the current academic year.

The Council Committees document includes full details of constitutions and terms of reference, as well as a structure diagram, while the Council Procedures and Scheme of Delegation provide further information on how Council operates.

Council Members

The constitution allows for 25 Council members. Most members are independent or co-opted from beyond the University. There are also five members of University staff, including:

  • The Vice-Chancellor
  • An elected academic representative
  • An elected representative of the University’s Professional Service Employees (PSEs)
  • Two members nominated from the membership of Senate

The President of Bucks Students’ Union is also a member.

As well as their duties on Council, Council members are expected to serve on at least one standing or sub-committee. There are currently five standing committees that report into Council. These are Audit, Governance, Honorary Awards, Remuneration and Resources committees.

The Council Membership pages contain full profiles of our current members.

Council Committees

Introduction

Audit Committee meets three or four times a year and reports to Council. The main duty of the committee is to advise Council on how to establish and review the procedures for auditing the University’s activities.

Membership

Audit Committee consists of up to 5 independent / co-opted members of Council and a specialist external co-option.

Membership for the academic year 2019-2020 is as follows:

NamePositionTerm / Category of Office
John SmithIndependent MemberChair
Andy ColeIndependent Member 
Irene KirkmanIndependent Member 
Anthony MurphyIndependent Member 
Supriya SobtiIndependent Member 
Stephen JordanSpecialist External Co-option 

Also in attendance will be the Vice-Chancellor, a Pro Vice-Chancellor, the Director and Deputy Director of Finance, the Director of Strategic Development & Change and Internal and External Auditors.

Terms of Reference

Please see the Council Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2019-2020 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocation Meeting Type 
24 September 201916:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
5 November 201916:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
28 January 202016:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
9 June 202016:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
Officers

Secretary: Ellie Smith, Academic Registrar and Clerk to Council (x3554)
Minute Secretary: Kam Ahumibe, Registry Officer, Academic Registry (x5654)

Introduction

The Governance Committee meets three times a year and reports to Council. The Governance Committee is responsible for looking after issues relating to the governance of the University.

Membership

Governance Committee consists of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council, the Vice-Chancellor, the President of the Students' Union and a minimum of 3 independent members of Council. A member of UET may also sit in the Committee by the Chair's invitation.

Membership for the academic year 2019-2020 is as follows:

NamePositionTerm / Category of Office
Irene KirkmanDeputy Chair of CouncilEx-officio (Chair)
Professor Nick BraisbyVice-Chancellor, Internal MemberEx-officio
Dr Michael HipkinsChair of CouncilEx-officio
Anthony MurphyIndependent Member 
Tao WarbutonPresident of the Students' Union, Internal MemberEx-officio 
Cheryl PittAcademic Elected Member 
Dr Susan RosserIndependent Member 
Terms of Reference

Please see the Council Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2019-2020 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocationMeeting Type
8 October 201914:0016:00HW-VCCRStandard Business
4 February 202016:0018:00HW-VCCRStandard Business
26 May 202016:0018:00HW-VCCRStandard Business
Officers

Secretary: Ellie Smith, Academic Registrar and Clerk to Council (x3554)
Minute Secretary: Kam Ahumibe Registry Officer (Governance & Quality) (x5654)

Introduction

The Honorary Awards Committee meets once a year and reports to Council and Senate. The main purpose of this Committee is to consider nominations for honorary awards of the University (both degrees and fellowships) on a confidential basis.

Membership

The Honorary Awards Committee consists of the Chair of Council, the Vice-Chancellor and the two Senate members of Council, as well as 3 independent or co-opted members of Council and one member of Senate nominated annually by the Chair of Senate.

Membership for the academic year 2019-2020 is as follows:

NamePositionTerm / Category of Office
Dr Michael HipkinsChair of CouncilEx-officio (Chair)
Professor Nick BraisbyInterim Vice-ChancellorEx-officio
Gurdeep ChadhaIndependent Member 
Paul MorganSenate Nominee 
Anthony MurphyIndependent Member 
Bob ShennanIndependent Member  
Phil Wood MBESenate Member of CouncilEx-officio

The Deputy / Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Clerk to the Council will also be in attendance.

Terms of Reference

Please see the Council Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2019-2020 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocation Meeting Type 
5 February 201914:0015:30HW-VCCRStandard Business
Officers

Secretary: Lorna West, Vice-Chancellor's Office (x3002)

Introduction

The Remuneration Committee meet twice a year and reports to Council. As a committee of the University Council, Remuneration acts under delegated authority to consider the performance and remuneration of senior employees. Please see our Public Information page for our Remuneration Committee Annual Reports.

Membership

Remuneration Committee consists of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council, the Chairs of Audit and Resources Committees and the Vice-Chancellor.

Membership for the academic year 2019-2020 is as follows:

NamePositionTerm / Category of Office
Irene KirkmanDeputy Chair of Council
Chair of Governance Committee
Ex-officio (Chair)
Michael HipkinsChair of CouncilEx-officio
John SmithChair of Audit CommitteeEx-officio
Tim MarshallChair of Resources CommitteeEx-officio

The Vice-Chancellor and Director of Human Resources will also be in attendance. The Vice-Chancellor will leave the meeting when matters relating to their own remuneration are discussed.

Terms of Reference

Please see the Council Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2019-20 are as follows:

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocation Meeting Type 
3 March 202014:0015:30HW-VCCRStandard Business
14 July 202015:0017:00HW-VCCRStandard Business
Officers

Secretary: Ellie Smith, Academic Registrar and Clerk to Council (x3554)
Associate Secretary: Alexandra Bode-Tunji, Director of Human Resources

Introduction

The Resources Committee meets three times a year and reports to Council. The Resources Committee is responsible for recommending the annual operating and capital budget.

Membership

Resources Committee consists of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Council, the Vice-Chancellor and a minimum of 6 (maximum 8) independent or co-opted members of Council (one of whom will be Chair).

Membership for the academic year 2019-2020 is as follows:

NamePositionTerm / Category of Office
Tim MarshallIndependent MemberChair
Dr Michael HipkinsChair of CouncilEx-officio
Anna CrabtreeIndependent Member 
Professor Nick BraisbyVice-ChancellorEx-officio
Joanna BoardmanElected PSE Representative 
Maggie JamesIndependent Member 
Annet GamellIndependent Member 
Ken McCreaCo-opted Member 
Dr Susan RosserIndependent Member  

The Deputy / Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for resources, the Director of Finance and the Director of Human Resources will also be in attendance.

Terms of Reference

Please see the Council Committees document.

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for 2019-2020 are as follows;

DateStart TimeEnd TimeLocation Meeting Type 
22 October 201916:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
3 March 202016:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
23 June 202016:0018:00HW-G5.05Standard Business
Officers

Secretary: Ellie Smith, Academic Registrar and Clerk to Council (x3554)
Minute Secretary: Marcus Wood, Principal Registry Officer (Governance & Quality), Academic Registry (x5066)

University Seal and Coat of Arms

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Useful Council resources

The following external links / resources may also be of interest: