Get involved with the Council self-review process | University of Oxford

Get involved with the Council self-review process

Every three years, Council – the University's executive governing body – undertakes a self-review of its effectiveness in carrying out its responsibilities.

As Council completes its 2018 self-review it would like to engage with colleagues across the collegiate University on the matter of information flow, communications and dialogue with Council. 

At its Away Day in September, as part of its self-review process, Council identified a number of ways in which the working of the committee and its sub-committees could be changed to improve its effectiveness. In that discussion, it was agreed by all members of Council that a key area that requires attention is the dialogue between Council and the wider University, including Congregation. It was agreed that it is important to improve the mechanisms that allow an appropriate two-way flow of information.

Improving two-way communication:

In order to determine how best to improve these mechanisms a number of workshops will be convened with representative groups including: 

  • Early-career researchers 
  • Employees on flexible contracts and teaching-only contracts 
  • Professional services staff 
  • Statutory and Associate Professors 

Each workshop will be attended by Council members together with a facilitator and colleagues who wish to engage in the discussion. College-only staff 


The first two sessions were held on 10 December. The next workshops – aimed at early-career researchers, college and academic staff – are scheduled for Monday 14 January, Room 3 at Wellington Square. If you would like to register your interest to attend one of the workshops, please click on the relevant link below and register your interest by providing your name and email address.   

Workshop 1:  12 – 2pm, Monday 14 January

Workshop 2:  2.30 – 4.30pm, Monday 14 January

Workshop – issues for discussion: 

  • What are the key priorities and concerns for the group(s)? 
  • How might we ensure that they are recognised in the agenda of University business – and if appropriate on Council’s agenda? 
  • How do you like to receive information and updates on the work of Council and the University’s strategic direction?  What channels of communication work best for you?  (Town Hall events, the University website, email, posters, social media etc)

Refreshments will be served at both of the workshops. 

Find out more: For information about Council, its work and its meetings, please click here. Further background information about the governance of the collegiate University can be found here.

Alongside giving feedback at a workshop, any member of the collegiate University who wishes to provide input can do so by emailing: