Reporter 451, 8 May 2000

Council slims down after Dearing

Reforms recently given the green light by the Privy Council are to result in a smaller University governing body taking office this summer.

Following recommendations in the historic Dearing Report on higher education, the 54-member University Council is to meet for the last time on June 15 and will be dissolved on July 31. On August 1, changes to the Charter and Statutes bring into being a new Council of 34 members, defined in law as the governing body in a way that clears up confusion between its role and that of the 200-member University Court.

The changes reflect Dearing’s concern for transparency and efficiency in the governance of higher education. The Nolan Committee’s report on standards in public life and guidance from the national Committee of University Chairmen were also considered during 15 months’ work by a review group set up by Council in the 1997-98 session.

Assistant Secretary George Brassay said: "The group’s proposals were accepted by Council but under our Charter, the Privy Council has the final say. The new-look Council will be large enough to represent all our present stakeholders, to work transparently and command confidence throughout the University - but small enough to allow all its members to play a full part with a greater sense of common purpose."

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