University of Canterbury Council

The university council is the governing body of the university and is responsible for the governance of the university. Its powers are set out in the Education Act (1989) and include the oversight of the institution’s policy, degree, financial and capital matters.

Council members must have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to make a meaningful and constructive contribution to the effective governance of a major New Zealand university. It is not expected, necessarily, that every council member will be an expert in all areas but rather that different individuals may bring different strengths and perspectives. What is important is that collectively the members of the council bring the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to govern the university. [Read more…]