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Council, foundation and chaplaincy committee

Last updated: 12 February 2024

Terms of reference

To provide a close and ongoing link between the Foundation and the Council, and to oversee the University’s mission and objects relating to its Anglican identity.

To enable the Foundation Fellows to support the work of the University generally, and the work of Chaplaincy specifically.

To support the work of the University’s Senior Chaplain and the Chaplaincy Team, noting that Chaplaincy at the University is a broad offering to students of all faiths and beliefs as well as a specific offering to students of Christian faith.   To review work undertaken by the Chaplaincy, and other areas as appropriate, and to suggest activities which will maintain and enhance the Anglican identity of the University.   To encourage the University’s connection with the Cathedrals Group of Universities.   To foster good relations between the University and the Cathedral and Diocese of Gloucester.

Specific Policy Responsibilities No specific policy responsibilities Specific Responsibility for Review of University Area of Activity To support the work of the University’s Chaplaincy, to ensure the continued Anglican identity of the University, and to maintain the link between Council and the Foundation. Mode of Operation Chair: External Member of Council Vice Chair: President of the Foundation Officer: University Secretary and Registrar Quorum See after membership Terms of Office:
Staff and Foundation representatives: 4 years in the first instance (where not ex officio) Co-opted members: 4 years in the first instance Student representatives: 1 year in the first instance.

Representatives may be appointed for more than one term. Frequency of Meetings Twice per year Reporting Line University Council Current Sub-Committees None Submission / Availability of Minutes Minutes are held by the University Secretary and Registrar and published on the University website.


The Committee shall consist of twelve persons, one of whom shall be an External Member of Council nominated Chair by Council. The Committee may decide to co-opt up to an additional three persons.

MembershipNameAppointment Dates
Member of Council (Chair)Rt Revd Robert SpringettJun 16 – Jun 24
Member of CouncilJulie WalklingFeb 24 – Jul 25
Chair of the Foundation Fellows (Vice Chair)Revd Dr Mike ParsonsEx officio
Nominee of the Foundation FellowsVacancy
Chief Operating OfficerDr Matthew AndrewsEx officio
Academic staff representative with an academic interest in Christian theologyDr Adrian LongApr 23 – Apr 27
Staff representativeRachel ReidJan 22 – Dec 25
Nominee of the Students’ UnionIbby WilliamsJul 23 – Jun 24
A student representative of the Chaplaincy communityVacancy
University ChaplainRevd Simon WitcombeEx officio
A second member of the University Chaplaincy TeamJo ParkinJan 22 – Dec 25
Nominee of the Diocese of GloucesterVacancy
In attendance:
Assistant Secretary to CouncilPenny GravestockEx officio

The Vice Chancellor has rights of attendance, and may be invited to attend such meetings as appropriate.


The Committee shall be quorate when three members, of which one must be a member of Council, are present.

Where the Committee is, or becomes during the meeting, inquorate, Council will be informed of these circumstances at its next meeting. The Committee Chair shall decide whether:

  1. to adjourn with immediate effect with a Special Meeting being summoned as soon as conveniently it may be or,
  2. to continue to conduct business with decisions only being agreed by correspondence.

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