Introduction to Council
Council is the governing body of the University and conducts its business according to the Instrument and Articles of Government as approved by the Privy Council.
Council is responsible for the educational character and mission of the University, financial probity, employment policy for all staff and corporate policies, rules and procedures to assure effective governance. It is also charged with establishing an Audit Committee, establishing a Senate and keeping its constitution under review, and making recommendations to the Privy Council regarding any necessary revisions of either the Instrument or the Articles of Government.
The constitution allows for 25 Council members, the majority of whom are independent or co-opted members external to the University. In addition, there are five members of University staff, comprising: the Vice-Chancellor; an elected academic representative; an elected representative of the University's Professional Service Employees (PSEs); and two members nominated from the membership of Senate. The President of the Bucks Students' Union is also a member. Find out more about our Council membership.
In addition to their duties on Council, a member of Council is normally expected to serve on at least one standing or sub-committee. There are currently five standing committees which report into Council. These are Audit, Governance, Honorary Awards, Remuneration and Resources committees. On these pages you will see links to these committees along with minutes (Council only), membership, terms of reference and dates of meetings for the current year. Please also see the Council committee structure diagram.
Processes, regulations and other useful resources relevant to Council and its operations
Articles of Government
Instrument of Government
Council Committees - Constitution and Terms of Reference
Scheme of Delegation
Governing bodies, equality and diversity: A handbook for governors of higher education institutions, Equality Challenge Unit, November 2016
University Seal and Coat of Arms
If you wish to use the University Seal and/or Coat of Arms, please abide by the strict process.
University Seal process and application form (Word)
University Coat of Arms process and application form (Word)