The Council of the University of Cambridge is its principal executive and policy making body, having responsibility for the administration of the University, for the planning of its work, and for the management of its resources. Since the Regent House is the governing body of the University, however, the Council must report and be accountable to the Regents through a variety of checks and balances. It has the right of reporting to the University, and is obliged to advise the Regent House on matters of general concern to the University. It does both of these by causing notices to be published by authority in the Cambridge University Reporter, the official journal of the University.
Membership of the Council consists of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University (the office of Chancellor, which is held for life, is mainly ceremonial, while the Vice-Chancellor is de facto the principal academic and administrative officer), nineteen elected members, and four appointed members, as follows:
|Chancellor||Lord Sainsbury of Turville, K||LIFE|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Stephen Toope OC, CLH||30 September 2024|
|Heads of Colleges|
|President of Hughes Hall||Dr. Anthony Freeling, HH||31 December 2020|
|Master of Trinity Hall||Rev'd Dr Jeremy Morris, TH||31 December 2018|
|Provost of King's||Prof. Michael Proctor, K||31 December 2020|
|Mistress of Girton||Prof. Susan Smith, G||31 December 2018|
|Professors or Readers|
|Professor of Security Engineering (2003)||Prof. Ross John Anderson, CHU||31 December 2018|
|Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry (2009)||Prof. Nicholas John Gay CHR||31 December 2020|
|Professor of Nephrology (2005)||Prof. Fiona Eve Karet, DAR||31 December 2020|
|Reader in Medieval Archaeology (2014)||Dr Susan Marian Oosthuizen, W||31 December 2018|
|Other members of Regent House|
|Dr Richard Anthony, JE||31 December 2018|
|Dr Ruth Lisa Chadwick Charles, N||31 December 2018|
|Dr Stephen John Cowley, EM||31 December 2020|
|Dr Nicholas John Holmes, T||31 December 2018|
|Dr Jennifer Hirst, JE||31 December 2020|
|Dr Alice Jill Hutchings||31 December 2018|
|Dr Mark Roderick Wormald, PEM||31 December 2020|
|Ms Jocelyn Margaret Wyburd, CL||31 December 2020|
|Three student members |
|GU President||Ms Sofia Ropek-Hewson, PEM||30 June 2019 |
|CUSU President||Ms Evie Aspinall, PEM||30 June 2019 |
|Mr Marcel Llavero Pasquina, G||30 June 2019 |
|Four external members|
|Prof. Sir David Greenaway||31 December 2020|
|Mr Mark Lewisohn, CHR||31 December 2018|
|Mr John Shakeshaft, T||31 December 2018|
|Ms Sara Weller||31 December 2020|
From January 2005, the membership of the Council included two external members. The Regent House voted for an increase from two to four in the number of external members in March 2008, and this was approved by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2008.
The Council must meet at least twice per term.
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