Posted: Wed 13th Apr 2016

University Council Seeks New Members

This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

Applications and declarations of interest are invited from individuals who can make a contribution to the work of the Council, Bangor University’s governing body. The University also seeks to appoint co-opted members to its Finance & Resources Committee and its Audit & Risk Committee. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council, like that of all chartered Universities, is constituted with a majority of independent members who are not staff or students of the University. Its members include the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and other members appointed by the staff of the University, student representatives and independent members. The Chair of Council is Lord Elis-Thomas AM. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

University governing bodies are entrusted with funds, both public and private, and therefore have a particular duty to observe the highest standards of corporate governance. This includes ensuring and demonstrating integrity and objectivity in the transaction of their business, and wherever possible, following a policy of openness and transparency in their decision-making. Applicants should have the ability to take an independent and objective role and a willingness to contribute fully to discussion on all aspects of the work of the University. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Following a recent skills audit, the Council are particularly seeking members with property, finance, and legal skills as well as those with international experience or recent experience of Higher Education. However, applications from people with other skills, knowledge and experience are also welcomed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The University is committed to equality and diversity and the Council encourages applications from all sections of the community. The Council is keen to closely reflect the student body and would welcome applications from all ages and from under-represented groups which include women, disabled people and people from minority ethnic groups. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Enthusiasm and an interest in Higher Education are key requirements and ideally applicants should have board-level experience or held senior positions within their workplace. The role of independent members is similar to that of non-executive directors of companies, and requires a commitment of around 4-8 days per year. The posts are not remunerated but the University will pay reasonable travel expenses. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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