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As the governing body of the University, the Council is responsible for:

  • The management and administration of the whole revenue and property of the University
  • The conduct of all affairs of the University
  • All such other powers and duties as may be conferred upon on it by Statute or Ordinance

The Statement of Primary Responsibilities sets out what the Council does and provides information about effectiveness and performance review. The Council comprises thirteen lay members and nine non-lay members.

A comprehensive list of the duties and powers of the Council can be found in the University Charter.



Professor Glenn Burgess

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

Stephen Willis

Chief Finance Officer

Osaro Otobo

President, HUU

Dominic Gibbons

Lay Member

Dr Keith Hopkins

Interim Chair of Council

Simon Lunt

Lay Member

Lady Carolyn Roberts

Lay Member

Esther Dame

Lay Member

Julia Whittaker

Lay Member

Ursula Lidbetter

Lay Member

John Fallon

Lay Member

Professor Gonzalo Villalta Puig

Senate Member (Head of School)

Professor Mark Lorch

Senate Member

PROFESSOR Kathryn Haynes

Senate Member (Dean)


Senate Member 

Mike Dobson

Member appointed by non academic staff

Registration of Interests

University employees and lay members of Council have a responsibility to respect and promote the financial and other interests of the University, with due regard to academic freedom.

There is a general duty on all members of staff and lay members of the University to disclose at the earliest possible stage any financial or other interest they may have in any transaction, or proposed transaction, between the University and a third party.

Code of Practice

Register of Interests

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