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Purpose and Responsibilities of Council

Council is responsible for the management and administration of the College. It delegates some of its responsibilities to committees, but has approved reserved powers for itself as follows:

  • to ensure high standards of corporate governance to include integrity, objectivity, openness and transparency;
  • to ensure that an appropriate framework exists to manage the quality of learning and teaching and to maintain academic standards;
  • to be generally responsible for the welfare of students and staff;
  • to approve the Strategic Plan, and Key Performance Indicators to be used to monitor the performance of the College as a whole;
  • to monitor the College's delivery against the Strategic Plan and Key Performance Indicators;
  • to approve the annual budget;
  • to ensure that funds provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) are used in accordance with the Financial Memorandum, and that the conditions of funding of any other funding bodies, including the Teaching Agency (TA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are similarly met;
  • to ensure that the College complies appropriately with other regulatory documents from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which are for the time being in force;
  • to approve borrowing or loans above an agreed value;
  • to approve contractual commitments over an agreed value and authorise College signatories;
  • to approve the Financial Statements and accompanying reports, including the Corporate Governance Statement;
  • to approve the appointment of the College's bankers, and internal and external auditors;
  • to approve policies and strategies designed to ensure good financial and risk management, and to monitor the College's arrangements for risk management in ways which Council shall from time to time determine;
  • to approve the Articles of Governance of the Goldsmiths Students' Union, the Memorandum of Understanding between the College and the Union, and procedures designed to ensure that the College complies with its legal responsibilities in relation to the Union 's conduct of its affairs
  • to approve the College's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures and to monitor their implementation;
  • to approve the sale, purchase and lease of College land over an agreed value and/or an agreed period of time;
  • to approve building projects over an agreed value and monitor their progress;
  • to be the employing authority for all staff in the institution, approve employment policies and strategies to ensure compliance with employment legislation and guidance and to monitor their implementation;
  • to approve recommendations made by a properly-constituted Redundancy Committee to make academic and academic-related staff redundancies;
  • to approve procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest;
  • to appoint the Warden, the Registrar and Secretary and the Director of Finance, and to approve recommendations for the appointment of Pro-Wardens, including the Deputy Warden;
  • to appoint the Secretary to Council;
  • to ensure compliance with all legislation affecting the College;
  • to act as appropriate in relation to the role of Council as trustees, and to ensure that the College complies with charity law, and with the requirements of HEFCE in its role as Principal Regulator;
  • to agree proposed changes to the College's Statutes, Ordinances, General Regulations and Financial Regulations;
  • to approve the establishment and termination of College companies, or the College's acquisition of a legal interest in a jointly-owned company (or voluntary termination of such interest), and to ensure that appropriate arrangement are in place to monitor the College's existing interests in companies;
  • to establish processes to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of Council itself.

Note: This statement (first approved by Council in December 2003, in essentially this form) was further amended by Council on 29 June 2010, by Chair's action on behalf of Council in the Summer term 2011 and (for minor terminological changes) in summer 2012. A further major review took place at the meeting of Council on 20 March 2013.

The Statement of Primary Responsibilities should be read in conjunction with the sections of the Statutes which relate to Council.

Further information for those interested in taking on the role of an Independent Member of Council can be found in the Independent Council Member Guidance  brochure.



Council Membership

Class 1 Chair Ms Dinah Caine  to 2021
Class 2 (ex officio members) The Warden Mr Patrick Loughrey ex officio
Class 2 (ex officio members)

The Pro-Wardens (up to 4)

Professor Mark d'Inverno ex officio
Professor David Oswell ex officio
Professor Elisabeth Hill ex officio
Class 2 (ex officio members)

The Clerk to the Goldsmiths' Company

Sir David Reddaway ex officio
Class 2 (ex officio members) The President of the Students' Union. Mr Joseph Tema ex officio
Class 3 (elected members) Three members of the Academic Board Dr Rodger Kibble to 2021*
Dr John Price to 2021*
Mr Conrad Heyns to 2020*
Class 3 (elected members) One member of the academic staff Dr Suhail Malik to 2021
Class 3 (elected members) One member of the Non-Academic Staff, by that Staff in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Ordinances Mr Ben Fowler to 2021
Class 3 (elected members) One student [Union Chair] Mr Kierin Offlands ex officio
Class 4

Up to 14 persons, not being members of staff or students who shall be representative of educational, economic, social, cultural, charitable, community and other interests relevant to the work of the College.

Mr Nick Barron to 2019 (eot) 
Mr Ian Borman to 2021 (eot)
Ms Theodora Zemek to 2021 (eot)
Ms Pam Raynor to 2021
Mr Aaron Porter to 2021
Ms Althea Efunshile to 2019
Ms Vanessa Sharp to 2019 (eot)
Ms Carol Rue to 2020
Mr Tom Wilson to 2019 (eot)
Ms Lynn Pearcy to 2020
Ms Helen MacNamara to 2020 
Class 5

At the discretion of the Council, one further person, who may or may not be a member of staff or a student.

Any member of staff may apply to observe a meeting of Council. For details please email governance (

Terms of office on committees are for three years, renewable for three further years. If the letters "eot" appear against a person's name in a membership listing, this indicates that he or she will reach the maximum term as a member of the body concerned on 31 August in the year specified.