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Council Lay Members

Contract Type
Fixed Term, Part-Time
Non remunerated, although Council members may have reasonable expenses incurred.
Expiry Date
The University of Liverpool is seeking lay members of council.

Job Description

The University of Liverpool is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide.

We are now implementing an exciting new strategy to take us into the top 100 of universities worldwide, and we are seeking individuals who match our ambitions to serve on our Council. We are proud to:

  • Carry out research with impact – in the recent Research Excellence Framework, 81% of our research was rated ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’.
  • Have a diverse student body being taught by the brightest academic minds.
  • Have a reputation for access and participation.
  • Have a global outlook and reach, rooted in a firm commitment to the Liverpool City Region.


The role

As the University’s governing body, the Council is responsible for approving the University’s strategy and supporting policies; determining key business decisions; and monitoring institutional and executive performance.

Lay members play a key role, bringing expertise from other sectors and independent perspectives to the governance of the University.


Who are we looking for?

Council members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds. We would benefit from knowledge and experience of the digital sector, the life sciences sector or NHS, research, regional bodies and the secondary education sector.  However, candidates from other backgrounds should not be deterred from applying.

Members should have a commitment to public service, observe the Nolan Principles of Public Life, and be able to demonstrate that they meet the criteria as a ‘fit and proper person’, as defined by the Office for Students.

We would particularly welcome expressions of interest from BAME, disabled, female and LGBT candidates, as well as those with a particular connection to the University, or the Liverpool City Region.


Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Alison Fairclough, Clerk to Council, tel: 0151 794 2018 or email:


Further information, including how to submit an expression of interest, is available at:


The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Thursday 12th September 2019.