Lay Members of Council - University of Reading

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The University of Reading has an ambitious Strategy up to 2026, its 100th birthday. Its governing body, the University Council, oversees the Strategy and supports the University’s ambition to contribute to society regionally, nationally and internationally. Three vacancies are available on the Council to start as soon as possible afterwards. We recognise that governance is best done by a diverse governing body, and to that end we are actively seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will add fresh perspectives to the Council and will represent diversity in gender, race/ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, stage of career, education, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientation, disabilities and cultures. We expect you to have a belief in the importance of Higher Education and a commitment to making a positive contribution to the University. A strong desire to support an open, diverse and inclusive community with staff and student welfare and good governance at is heart is essential.

The Council sets the University's strategic direction, ensures good governance including compliance with statutory requirements and approves constitutional changes. It holds the executive to account and has ultimate responsibility for financial and academic matters. Its membership includes a range of external members as well as staff and students of the University.

Becoming a lay member of the Council is not only an opportunity to inform the University’s strategy and guide Reading towards achieving its ambitions, but also to act as an ambassador for the University and to champion the strong values for which it stands. Appointments are unpaid but reasonable expenses are met, including travel and care commitments. A basic time commitment of around 10-12 days per annum is expected. Appointments are made for three years, and are renewable.

Further particulars about the position and the role of the Council can be found on the job advert at For further information or to express an interest by 7 September through submission of a CV and a short piece (no more than 250 words) on why you are motivated to act in this capacity, contact Dr Richard Messer, University Secretary ( Interviews will be held during the week commencing 14 September.

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