University council

Terms of reference

The University's governing body is the Council, a mixture of elected staff, students, graduates and outside appointees. The Vice-Chancellor, the University's chief academic and administrative officer, is also a member. Council is chaired by the Chancellor who is a lay member of the Council.

The Education Act 1989 specifies the Council's functions, duties and powers. These include:

  • Appoint a Chief Executive
  • Prepare and negotiate the University Charter
  • Approve the Statement of Objectives
  • Ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with the Charter and the Statement of Profile
  • Determine the policies of the institution in relation to the implementation of its charter, the carrying out of the statement of objectives and, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the management of its affairs
  • Ensure that the University attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research
  • Acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Ensure that the University does not discriminate unfairly against any person
  • Encourage participation, especially by under-represented groups
  • Ensure proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest and the well-being of students
  • Ensure that systems are in place for the responsible use of public resources
  • The quorum for this Committee is not less than one-half of the members presently appointed to the Committee.*

Constitution of Council membership

From 01 January 2016 the composition of Council is as follows:

  • Four persons appointed by the relevant Minister.
  • One person, being Māori and able to advise Council on issues relevant to Māori, appointed by Council following a call for expressions of interest from iwi and other Māori individuals or groups.
  • The Vice-Chancellor by virtue of his/her holding office as the chief executive officer of the University of Auckland.
  • One person being a permanent member of the academic staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff.
  • One person being a permanent member of the professional staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff.
  • One person being the person elected by the student body to be President of the Auckland University Students Association Inc. or its successor association.
  • One person being an alumnus of the University of Auckland appointed by Council following a call for expressions of interest from alumni.
  • Two persons able to provide skills specified by Council to be appointed by the University of Auckland Council following a call for expressions of interest.  

Council members and term of office

Officers of Council Holds office until
Mr S St John, Chancellor 31.12.17
Ms J Dawson, Pro-Chancellor 31.12.17
Professor S McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor Ex-officio
Appointed by the Minister Holds office until
Mr M Daniell 31.12.19
Mr A Ferrier 31.12.19
Mr P Kiely 31.12.18
Sir R Norris 31.12.19
Māori Member Holds office until
Associate Professor A Kawharu 31.12.19
Elected Academic Staff Member Holds office until
Associate Professor A Sims 31.12.19
Elected Professional Staff Member Holds office until
Ms C Dunphy 31.12.19
Elected Student Member (President of AUSA) Holds office until
Mr W Matthews 31.12.17
Alumnus of the University of Auckland Holds office until
Ms C Tarrant 31.12.20
Skills-based Appointees Holds office until
Ms J Dawson 31.12.19
Mr S St John 31.12.19

Schedule of meetings

Date Time
06.03.17 4.00pm
26.04.17 4.00pm
19.06.17 4.00pm
21.08.17 4.00pm
16.10.17 4.00pm
11.12.17 4.00pm

Committees reporting to Council

The following committees report to Council:

The quorum for each Committee reporting to Council, other than Senate, is not less than one-half of the members presently appointed to the Committee.*

*  In case there is no quorum reached, there are the following options:

  1. The Chair and the Committee Secretary should discuss whether the meeting can be postponed; or
  2. If there is urgent business to be resolved, a meeting of those available members can take place and,  while no decisions can be taken, this meeting may make recommendations as to how the matters on the Agenda (or some of them) should be handled, i.e.:
    1. If the matters need to be urgently resolved, the recommendations from those who met can be sent to all members of the Committee to see if they support those recommendations, and then the recommendations can be approved at the next meeting. If all members do not support the recommendations, it should be kept pending for the next meeting and discussed as in (b) below:
    2. If the matters are not urgent, the recommendations can then be held over for the next meeting and confirmed at that time, if the Committee agrees.