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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 
  • College-only staff 


The first two workshops are scheduled for Monday 10 December (details below). Each workshop will be attended by Council members together with a facilitator and colleagues who wish to engage in the discussion. Further dates will be communicated shortly for the remaining groups. If the workshops are successful they may become part of a longer term solution and a vehicle for engagement in the future.   

Workshop 1: Monday 10 December, ROQ – 10.30 am to 12.30pm 

  • For professional services staff and employees on flexible contracts and teaching-only contracts

Workshop 2: Monday 10 December, Old Road Campus – 2pm to 4pm

  • For early-career researchers

Alongside the workshops any member of the collegiate University who wishes to provide input can do so by emailing

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)

Get involved:

If you would like to sign up to participate in the first two workshops please send an email to Please state which constituency workshop you would like to join, together with your job title. We are keen to engage the full diversity of University staff. 

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.