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Find out more about University Council


New webpages have been launched to make Council more transparent and relevant to University colleagues.

Council is the highest-level decision-making committee in the University with responsibility for good governance and stewardship. It aims to promote a positive culture and to safeguard and advance the University’s reputation and autonomy. It has 27 members, comprising of 12 internal members, two of whom are students, and 15 external, or lay, members.

Council meets four times a year and colleagues can request Council meeting papers.

Throughout 2022 we will be regularly profiling Council members on the Portal and offering opportunities for colleagues across the University to engage.

Upcoming all-staff briefing: a conversation with Council members

Wednesday 1 December, 14:00-14:50, Microsoft Teams

Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort will be joined by University Council President Paul Preston, Vice-Presidents Kate Owen and Helen Gordon, Jon Gibbins (academic community representative) and James Magee (professional services community representative). They will be discussing Council’s role at the University, how it works with the University Executive Board and how it can collaborate with colleagues on key issues and challenges at our University.

You can join the session using this link:

Please remember that the link only works with your University of Reading login and password. You can submit your questions – preferably in your own name – through the Q&A window at any time during the session.


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