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External Council Member Appointments

Located in London’s East End, Queen Mary University of London is a research-intensive multi-faculty institution and one of the 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group. We are founded by Royal Charter and a designated UK higher education institution.

We are seeking to appoint up to two external members to Council with executive experience and connections in one or more of the following areas:

  • the financial sector;
  • delivery of major strategic projects;
  • marketing, communications or brand development;
  • the science, engineering or technology sectors.

Applications from women, disabled people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds are especially welcome given Council’s desire to reflect the diversity of our student body. Alumni of Queen Mary and its predecessor Colleges (St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London Hospital Medical College, Westfield College and Queen Mary College) are also encouraged to apply. Ideally, you will be a high achiever with previous experience as a non-executive who shares our commitment to excellence.

You will play a full role in the business of the Council, whose primary function is to approve the Queen Mary Strategy Queen Mary Strategy and to hold the Senior Executive to account in pursuing the Strategy’s objectives. You will contribute to ensuring that our governance arrangements are robust and carried out efficiently. You will also be encouraged to participate in graduation and other events that celebrate the achievements of our students and staff. The role is not remunerated but we do reimburse reasonable expenses. Please see below for more information about the responsibilities of the Council and its members.

Applications and further information

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to Jonathan Morgan, Academic Registrar and Council Secretary, Academic Registry and Council Secretariat, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, or email Informal enquiries may also be made to the same address.

Applications close on Monday 7th August 2017. We anticipate that interviews will be held in September and October 2017. One external member position will be available immediately from November 2017 and a further position from August 2018. 

Council member role description [DOC 14KB]

Biographies of our current Council members


The Primary Responsibilities of the Council are:

1.  To approve the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term academic and business plans and key performance indicators, and to ensure that these meet the interests of stakeholders.

2.  To establish the authority of the President and Principal, as chief executive, for the academic, corporate, financial, estate and personnel management of the institution.

3.  To be the institution’s legal authority and, as such, to ensure that systems are in place for meeting all the institution’s legal obligations, including those arising from contracts and other legal commitments made.

4.  To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.

5.  To ensure that processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the institution against the plans and approved key performance indicators.

6.  To establish processes to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the governing body itself.

7.  To conduct its business in accordance with best practice in higher education corporate governance and with the principles of public life drawn up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

8.  To safeguard the good name and values of the institution.

9.  To appoint the President and Principal who will be chief executive, and to put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance.

10.  To appoint a secretary to the governing body and to ensure that, if the person appointed has managerial responsibilities in the institution, there shall be an appropriate separation in the lines of accountability.

11.  To be the employer of all staff in the institution and to ensure that there is a human resources strategy.

12.  To be the principal financial and business authority of the institution, to ensure that proper accounts are kept, to approve the annual budget and financial statements, and to have overall responsibility for the institution’s assets, property and estate.

13.  To make such provision as it thinks fit for the general welfare of students, in consultation with Senate.

14.  To act as trustee for any property, legacy, endowment, bequest or gift in support of the work and welfare of the institution.

15.  To ensure that the institution’s constitution shall be followed at all times.

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