Academic Council meets four times each year and relies on strong participation of members to ensure effective conduct of business.

Academic Council elections 2019/20 

There are currently two vacancies for members of the Professoriate to serve on Academic Council for the period August 2019-September 2022. It is, therefore, necessary to appoint two Professors to serve on Council for this period.

 There are four meetings of Academic Council per academic session which take place on Wednesdays starting at 3pm.

If you wish to stand for election, could you please email with a brief supporting statement to let us know, by Friday 7th February 2020, so that we can organise a ballot.

Academic Council

Five university wide committees and four Faculty Boards report to Council which oversees their work through summary reports, monitoring their minutes and through items referred by the committees for consideration.

Some areas of authority are delegated to Council by the Governing Body and Council's Executive Secretary provides a regular written brief to Court on items of academic significance raised at Council.

Terms of Reference

Within the general policy of the University and subject to the ultimate responsibility of the Governing Body and to the responsibilities of the Vice Chancellor, the Academic Council exercises a number of functions.


Elections are held every three years, except in the case of Early Career Academics and Heads of Department, which are held every two years and Students' Union Members, which are held annually.


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University Calendar

The University Calendar 2019-2020 lists Academic Council and Central Committees meetings by month.