There are 32 members of Council, with a lay majority. The members are the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, 2 Pro Vice-Chancellors, Treasurer, 15 lay members elected by Court upon the nominations of Court’s Nominations Committee, a member appointed by Bristol City Council, a member appointed by the Society of Merchant Venturers and a member appointed by Convocation, 4 members of the academic staff, 2 members of the support staff and 3 students. Elected and appointed members serve for renewable three-year terms.
Please visit our member resources pages for internal and external resources including the Council Members' Code of Conduct (PDF, 42.1kb) which will aid Council and Council Committee members in undertaking their roles.
Under the Charter, Council is the governing body of the University. Members of Council are charity trustees and accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the University by ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it was established.
The primary responsibilities of Council are set out in its Statement of Primary Responsibilities (PDF, 33.4kb) and were approved by Council at its meeting on 6th July 2012.
Council normally meets five-six times a year, with an annual away day at the start of the academic year and one in the Spring.
The minutes of previous Council meetings are publicly available for download.
Council is serviced by:
Mr Hugh Martin (maternity cover until February 2014)
Head of Secretariat and Clerk to Council
Telephone: +44 (0)117 331 8085 (Internal: 18085)