Comprehensive information on the University Council, including documents and papers, is now available to Raven Users on the new University Governance site

The Council

The Council is the principal executive and policy-making body of the University. It has general responsibility for the administration of the University, for defining its mission, for the planning of its work, and for the management of its resources. The Council deals with relations between the University and the Colleges, and conducts negotiations with outside bodies on many matters (other than those relating directly to the educational and research programmes of the University which are dealt with on its behalf by the General Board of the Faculties). It is responsible for the appointment or nomination of certain members of internal and external bodies, and for many student matters (excluding the selection of entrants, which is a College concern).


The Council consists of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, nineteen elected members, and four appointed (external) members. The elected members comprise:

  • four heads of Colleges
  • four Professors or Readers
  • eight other members of the Regent House
  • three current students of the University (one must be a graduate student)

Dates of forthcoming meetings

The Council meeting dates are as follows:


22 September 2014
20 October 2014
24 November 2014
15 December 2014
19 January 2015
16 February 2015
16 March 2015
20 April 2015
18 May 2015
15 June 2015
13 July 2015

21 September 2015

Committee structure

The following Committees report to the Council:

The following Committees report jointly to the Council and the General Board:

Audit Committee (statutory committee)
Finance Committee (statutory committee)
Advisory Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs
Advisory Committee on Committee Membership and External Nominations
Business Committee
Honorary Degree Committee
Remuneration Committee
Committee on the Supervision of the Student Unions

Human Resources Committee
Planning and Resources Committee
Resource Management Committee
Buildings Committee

Further information on the Council

Details of the powers, responsibilities, and membership of the Council may be found in the University’s Statutes and Ordinances, Statute A Chapter IV.

Further information about the Council and how it works is available from the University Governance website and from the ‘How the University and Colleges work’ area of the About the University section of the main University website.

Official University business is published in the Cambridge University Reporter.

The links below are for users with University Raven access only, and will take users to sites containing more information about the Council and its business.

Current members of the University Council who require restricted papers from the old Council website should contact the PA to the Head of the Registrary's Office in the first instance.