The College Council is considering making a number of changes to the College Statutes. The most significant of these is to the lay membership of the Council itself (Statute 3), which currently includes a number of nominated members. It is believed that by removing the requirement for these six positions to be nominated by external bodies and associations of former students, it will be easier for the Council to ensure that it contains members with the best balance of skills and expertise for the College at any particular time. It would also assist the Council with developing a more diverse profile.
This is not intended to exclude former students from applying to be lay members of Council and indeed it is hoped that alumni will continue to be interested in serving the College in this capacity. They are often among the best placed to understand the needs of the institution from the broader perspective acquired from their achievements following their time at the College.
Likewise the College values its links with the local community and the Council would expect to look for some members who have a good understanding of current local issues.
All current lay members of the Council will continue to serve as un-nominated lay members until the end of their period office, when they will be eligible for re-appointment in accordance with the Statutes.
The Council will consider these changes again at its meeting on 13 April. Any comments or concerns about the amendments should be sent to Clare Munton by 1 April 2011.
For further information
Full statutes document
Posted on Friday 11th March 2011