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Lay Members of Council

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Job description

Join the world-class Newcastle University as Lay Member of Council and use your legal, PR or IT expertise to play a vital part in the governance of the institution as it seeks to advance education, learning and research in the North East of England and globally.

Applications close at 9 a.m. Monday 10th June 2024.

About Newcastle University

Newcastle University exists for the public benefit to advance education, learning, and research. We are a world-class university that advances knowledge, provides creative solutions, and solves global problems.

Newcastle University is proud to be a values-led, research-intensive university that makes a significant contribution to our city, region, and globally.

The University’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion, social and environmental justice, and academic freedom are at the heart of everything we do.

We are passionate in our belief that universities should play a fundamental role in creating and fostering more equitable societies.

We aim to work collaboratively with our many external partners to shape brighter futures, grow the economy and champion social justice.

About the role

Lay members of Council have a vital part to play in the governance of the University and bring knowledge and experience of particular value, given the nature of the environment in which universities work.

Lay Members are expected to play an appropriate part in ensuring that the necessary business of Council is carried on efficiently, effectively, and in a manner appropriate for the proper conduct of public business. You will be expected to make rational and constructive contributions to debate and to make your knowledge and expertise available to Council as opportunities arise.

Members have a responsibility to ensure that the governing body acts in accordance with the instruments of governance of the University and exercises efficient and effective use of the resources of the University to meet its charitable objectives, maintain long-term financial viability, and safeguard its assets.

Members do not play an executive role, which is primarily advisory and facilitating, and we expect Members to establish a constructive and supportive, but challenging, working relationship with the University.

Members are covered by the University’s Professional Indemnity cover in respect of fulfilling their duties.

Members of Council are appointed for three years and membership may be renewed for up to two more terms of three years. It is hoped that Lay Members will serve on one or more of the Council’s sub-committees.

As such, the University is seeking Lay Council Members who can commit up to 16 days per year to this role, which roughly equates to a time commitment of one to two days per month.

You will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities to support your work on Council.

Who we are looking for

Newcastle University is seeking exceptional individuals to join the Council as Lay Members. This is an excellent opportunity to make a considerable contribution to advancing the University’s core mission.

We are particularly interested in those who bring the following experience, expertise, skills, and commitments:

·         Expertise or background in the legal profession.

·         Senior strategic leadership and/or policy experience in Public Relations or Information Technology.

·         Prior governance experience, although not essential is advantageous.

·         Collaborative, inclusive, and enabling approach.

·         Commitment to being a strong external and internal ambassador for Newcastle University.

·         Ability and willingness to contribute to a broad range of University matters.

·         Committed to offering your time and expertise to meet the duties of the role.

·         Strong commitment to the University’s values, mission and EDI ethos.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive global University, which actively recruits, supports, and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support, and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

If you think you meet these criteria and have a genuine interest in supporting Newcastle University as a Lay Council Member, please do get in touch.

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Applications for this role close at 9 a.m. Monday 10th June 2024. 

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Posted on: 21 May 2024
Closed date: 10 June 2024 at 09:00
Tags: Trustees, Governance