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
The following Committees report to the Council:
The following Committees report jointly to the Council and the General Board:
Audit Committee (statutory committee)
Human Resources 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.
- University Council (Governance site) - includes papers from 2012-13 to the present
- University Council (old) - final update, August 2014; papers from 2008-Jul 2014
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.