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Loughborough University

Statute XIII

The Council

XIII. The Council

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 The Council shall consist of the following persons, namely:

  1. Ex-officio Members
    • (a)  Internal
      The Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellors, the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Honorary Treasurer.
  2. Appointed Members
    • Persons appointed as follows:
      One by an Association recognised by the Council as representing former students (including, if the Council so determines, former students of the College);
      Two students of the University appointed by the Students' Union, one of whom shall be the President of the Students' Union, if he/she be a student of the University;
  3. Members Elected by the Senate
    • Three members of the Senate, being members of the Academic Staff, elected by the Senate, of whom not more than two shall be Elected Members of the Senate; but no member of the Senate shall be eligible for such election to the Council during his/her final year of office as a member of the Senate.
  4. Members Elected by the General Assembly
    • Three members of the Academic Staff elected by the Academic and Academic-Related Staff members of the General Assembly.
  5. Other Elected Members
    • Two members of the staff other than the Academic Staff, other than those employed on an hourly or fee basis or those self employed, elected from within their own number.
  6. Co-opted Members
    • Such other persons of whom not more than two shall be members of the Academic or other staff of the University, and not exceeding twelve in all, as may be co-opted by the Council.

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Subject to these Statutes, the periods during which the members of the Council respectively shall hold office shall be as follows:

  1. Ex-officio Members shall hold office only so long as they continue to occupy the positions by virtue of which they became members.
  2. Appointed Members shall hold office for a period of three years with effect from the first day of August in the year in which they are appointed, and shall be eligible for re-appointment provided that Student Members shall hold office for a period of one year with effect from the first day of August in the year in which they are appointed and shall be eligible for re-appointment once only.
  3. Members of the Council elected by the Senate shall hold office for such period, not exceeding three years, as the Senate may determine with effect from the first day of August in the year in which they are elected, and shall not be eligible for re-election until the expiration of one year from the end of their term of office.
  4. Members of the Council elected by the General Assembly shall hold office for a period of three years with effect from the first day of August in the year in which they are elected, and shall not be eligible for re-election until the expiration of one year from the end of their term of office.
  5. Members of the Council, elected by the staff other than Academic Staff, shall hold office for such period, not exceeding three years, as the Council may determine with effect from the first day of August in the year in which they are elected and shall not be eligible for re-election until the expiration of one year from the end of their term of office.
  6. Co-opted Members shall hold office for such period, not exceeding three years, as the Council may determine in each case, and shall be eligible for further co-option.

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A casual vacancy among the members of the Council shall be filled as soon as conveniently possible by the person who or body which appointed or elected the member whose place has become vacant.

4.

Any member of the Council may resign by writing addressed to the Council.

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The Council shall exercise its functions in pursuance of paragraph 6 (viii), (ix), (x), (xvii) and (xxviii) of this Statute and in pursuance of Statute XXI at Special Meetings.
Members appointed by the Students' Union shall not attend Special Meetings and shall not receive or have access to papers concerned with the business of such Special Meetings. The Chair may decide in any case of doubt whether the matter is one to which the foregoing sentence applies, and his/her decision shall be final.

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Subject to the Charter and these Statutes, the Council shall, in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following functions:

  1. To appoint a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.
  2. To co-opt members of the Council as provided for under this Statute.
  3. To appoint the Chancellor, Pro-Chancellors (including the Senior Pro-Chancellor) and Honorary Treasurer.
  4. To appoint the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Registrar.
  5. To make Statutes and Ordinances.
  6. To authorise, on the recommendation of the Senate, the establishment of academic posts in the University.
  7. To suspend or abolish, on the recommendation of the Senate, any post except any post created by these Statutes; provided that no academic post shall be suspended or abolished except on the recommendation of the Senate.
  8. To appoint all members of the Academic Staff, and to determine, after consultation with the Senate, the terms and conditions of such appointments.
  9. To appoint all other members of the University staff, and to determine the terms and conditions of such appointments.
  10. On the recommendation of the Senate, to establish and dissolve the organs of academic administration, to prescribe their constitution and functions, and to modify or revise the same.
  11. To review the work of the University and take such steps as it thinks proper for the purpose of advancing its interests.
  12. To foster close associations with industrial, commercial, research and public organisations.
  13. To make provision for research within the University.
  14. To determine, after considering any recommendations of the Senate, all University fees.
  15. To institute, on the recommendation of the Senate and subject to any conditions made by the founders, Fellowships, Scholarships, Studentships, Exhibitions, Bursaries and Prizes and other aids to study and research.
  16. To confer, on the recommendation of the Senate, the title of Emeritus Professor or Honorary Professor, Reader, Lecturer or Fellow.
  17. To provide for the personal development and well-being of the students and for the welfare of the employees of the University.
  18. To govern, manage and regulate the finances, accounts, investments, property, business and all affairs whatsoever of the University and for that purpose to appoint bankers and any other officers or agents whom it may deem expedient to appoint; provided that before determining any question of finance which directly affects the academic policy of the University the Council shall take into consideration any recommendation or report thereon by the Senate.
  19. To invest any moneys belonging to or held by the University in such stock, funds, fully paid shares or securities as the Council shall from time to time think fit, whether within or outside the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or in the purchase of freehold or leasehold hereditaments, including rents; provided that in the case of moneys held by the University as trustees the powers conferred by this paragraph shall be exercised subject to the provisions of the law relating to investment by trustees.
  20. To sell, buy, exchange, lease and accept leases of real and personal property on behalf of the University.
  21. To provide the buildings, premises, furniture and apparatus, and other means needed for carrying on the work of the University.
  22. To provide and license Halls of Residence, lodgings, apartments, and other places of residence, whether or not maintained by the University and upon and subject to such terms and conditions as the Council shall think fit.
  23. To borrow money on behalf of the University and for that purpose, if the Council think fit, to mortgage or charge all or any part of the property of the University, whether real or personal, and to give such other security as the Council shall think fit.
  24. To enter into, vary, carry out and cancel contracts on behalf of the University.
  25. To make provision for schemes of insurance, superannuation, pensions or retirement benefits for members of the Academic and other staff, and so far as the Council may think fit for other employees of the University or their dependents.
  26. To ensure that the University has appropriate procedures for the management of risk and to oversee the operation of these procedures. 
  27. To select a Seal, Arms and a Mace for the University and to have the sole custody and use of the Seal.
  28. To give on behalf of the University guarantees to building societies, whether in pursuance of continuing arrangements or not.
  29. Generally to exercise all such powers as are or may be conferred on the Council by the Charter and these Statutes, including the power to make Regulations in the exercise of all the powers expressly set out in this Statute and of all other the powers vested in the Council.

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  1. The Council in accordance with the procedure prescribed in the Ordinances shall appoint from among its members or otherwise a Chair, not being a member of the Academic or other staff or a student of the University.
  2. If the Chair is appointed from outside the Council he/she shall cease to be a member of the Council if he/she ceases to be Chair. Subject to these Statutes the Chair shall hold office for three years, and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
  3. The Council shall appoint from among its own members a Vice-Chair not being a member of the Academic or other staff or a student of the University. He/she shall preside at the meetings of the Council in the absence of the Chair and shall hold office for three years, and shall be eligible for re-appointment.
  4. The Council shall appoint a Secretary from amongst the administrative staff of the University.

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  1. The Council may establish Committees, to which it may appoint members of the Council and other persons, and may establish with the Senate Joint Committees of the Council and the Senate to which the Council may appoint members of the Council and other persons and the Senate may appoint members of the Senate and other persons. The Council may delegate to any such Committee or Joint Committee any functions which it is itself competent to perform, provided that nothing in this paragraph shall enable the Council to delegate its power to reach a decision under paragraph 10(2) of Statute XXI.
  2. The Council may establish Joint Committees of the Council and representatives of the Students' Union.

November 2014

Last modified: 7 Nov 2014

Note: Amendments allowed by the Privy Council on 30 December 1974 and 7 April 1982 are embodied in the Statutes, and are indicated by *.

Modifications made by the University Commissioners and allowed by the Privy Council on 17 November 1992 are incorporated and are indicated by †.

Amendments allowed by the Privy Council on 14 December 1993, 24 April 1996, 3 September 1998, 10 August 1999, 27 July 2001, 31 October 2001, 8 May 2003, 20 August 2007 and 9 December 2009 are embodied in the Statutes, and are indicated by ¶, #, , $, ^, +, >, ~ and %.