This statement is based on the Model Statement contained in the Governance Code of Practice published by the Committee of University Chairmen, adapted to reflect the powers and responsibilities that the Council of the University of Wales: Trinity St David (“the University”) derives from University Statutes.
The Council is the governing body of the University. Subject to the powers of the Senate as provided for in University Statutes, it has ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the University. It is responsible for reviewing the work of the University and taking such steps as it thinks appropriate to ensure the University’s objects are achieved.
1. The powers of the Council are conferred by Article IV of the Charter and Statute VI and consistent with that the primary responsibilities of the University Council are as follows:
(i) The determination of the educational character and mission of the University and for oversight of its activities;
(ii) The effective and efficient use of its resources, the solvency of the institution and the safeguarding of its assets;
(iii) Approving annual estimates of income and expenditure;
(iv) The appointment of, grading, suspension, dismissal and determination of the pay and conditions of service of the Vice-Chancellor and the Clerk to the Council, and approving the appointment of the Senior Provost and Pro Vice-Chancellors;
(v) Setting a framework of pay and conditions for all other staff;
(vi) The appointment of external and internal auditors (the Audit & Risk Management Committee will make recommendations to the Council on the appointment and Terms of Engagement of the internal audit service – Terms of Reference are included as Appendix 2[b]).
2. Additionally, members of the Council will conduct its business in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the Nolan Committee).
Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
3. The Council and any Standing Committee members of the University in their corporate capacity must at all times:
(i) observe the highest standards of propriety involving impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the management of the Council;
(ii) maximise value for money through ensuring that services are delivered in the most efficient and economical way, within available resources and with independent validation of performance achieved wherever practicable;
(iii) be accountable to HEFCW, users of services, individual citizens, students and staff for the activities of the University, its stewardship of public funds and the extent to which key performance targets and objectives have been met; and
(iv) in accordance with Government policy on openness, comply fully with the principles of the Citizen’s Charter and Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and with the Human Rights Act, seek to communicate Council policies and decisions so as to ensure they are clear and open.
4. Members of the Council have a corporate responsibility for ensuring that the public body complies with any statutory requirements for the use of public funds. These responsibilities include:
(i) ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are observed at all times;
(ii) establishing the overall strategic direction of the organisation within the policy and resources framework agreed with HEFCW;
(iii) overseeing the delivery of planned results by monitoring performance against agreed strategic objectives and targets;
(iv) ensuring that the Council operates within the limits of its authority and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds;
(v) ensuring that, in reaching decisions, the Council has taken into account any guidance issued by HEFCW; and
(vi) formulating a policy on public access to information.