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Voluntary vacancy available: Council Lay Member

We are recruiting for a voluntary lay (independent/non-executive) member to join our governing body (Council) for an initial term of three years from 1 August 2024.

Our strategy, Creating Better Futures. Together, is focused on how our work at Loughborough University can contribute to improving the lives of individuals and creating a healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive society.  

About the role:

As a lay member of our governing body, you will be integral to us achieving our strategy. 

You’ll help to support our decision-making, challenge our thinking and hold us to account. 

You will bring with you a range of perspectives and lived experience to board-level discussions helping us to respond more effectively to internal and external challenges.  

If you’d like to know more, visit the Council webpage which has further information including existing member profiles.

We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have executive-level experience and expertise in one or more of the following: 

  • People and culture
  • Anti-discriminatory practices and a working knowledge and understanding of EDI principles
  • Knowledge and experience of regional economic development and regional governance
  • Marketing and communication

Ideally, you’ll have:

  • Executive/non-executive experience at a senior level in large and complex organisations (all sector backgrounds welcomed)
  • A passion for higher education and personal values that align to our strategy
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with a broad range of people
  • A strong commitment to the seven principles of public life (drawn up by the “Nolan” Committee on Standards in Public Life)
  • A willingness to commit to the duties and responsibilities of Council members(details included in the Candidate Pack)

Benefits of taking on the role

By joining Council, you can be an integral part of building the future success of the organisation.

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Help make a difference to the lives of staff, students and other stakeholders of the University, gaining deeper insight into our work
  • Support the pursuit of research with global importance and impact 
  • Contribute to important strategic decisions 
  • Develop valuable knowledge and insight regarding the higher education sector

At Loughborough, we value the voluntary nature of governing body membership and ensure a manageable time commitment of approximately 10-15 days per year.


  • Council meets four times annually, with three in-person meetings in March, June and October (Away Day), and one online meeting in November.
  • Lunch is provided for all in-person meetings and plenty of opportunities to attend post-meetings/evening meals out.
  • You will be invited to serve on at least one other specialist corporate committee such as Human Resources Committee. Allowing you to work closely with a smaller group of university stakeholders and apply your personal experience to support policies and decisions.

  • You will have the opportunity to attend our annual joint Senate and Council dinner.
  • You will be invited to a range of social events which are a great way to learn more about Loughborough and network with others.

Whilst the roles are not remunerated, we’ll cover reasonable expenses which will be reimbursed in line with the University’s expenses policy.  

Informal enquiries should be made to Miranda Routledge, Director of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff.

How to apply  

Please send a CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and qualities align with the role to Miranda Routledge. Please send your completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Kreena Hemraj, Recruitment and Resourcing Team Leader

Note: the information you submit through the Equal Opportunity form will be handled confidentially and utilised anonymously for monitoring purposes. Our aim is to use this data solely to enhance the ongoing assessment of our practices and procedures, ensuring we remain dedicated to our equity, diversity, and inclusion objectives

The closing date for applications is 3 June 2024.