General Purposes Committee

The General Purposes Committee (GPC) advises Council on policy in respect of issues or activities which are university-wide and transcend the remit of the other main committees of Council or other specialist committees as appropriate. Its remit includes responsibility for strategic issues relating to risk management.

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Membership as at TT 2020 is as follows


  Name Conditions of appointment Until
[1] Professor Louise Richardson The Vice-Chancellor ex officio
[2] Professor Simon Horobin, Magdalen The Senior Proctor ex officio
[3] Professor Freya Johnston, St Anne's The Junior Proctor ex officio
[4] Dr Helen Swift, St Hilda's The Assessor ex officio
[5] Mr Miles Young, New College The Chair of the Conference of Colleges ex officio
[6] Professor Karen O’Brien, University The Head of the Division of Humanities ex officio
[7] Professor Sam Howison, Christ Church (Acting Head) The Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences ex officio
 [8] Professor Gavin Screaton The Head of the Division of Medical Sciences ex officio
[9] Professor Dame Sarah Whatmore, Keble The Head of the Division of Social Sciences ex officio
[10] Professor Aditi Lahiri, Somerville One of three persons appointed by Council from among the members of Council specified in section 4 (15)-(25) of Statute VI [i.e. those members elected by Congregation] MT 2022
[11] Mr Richard Ovenden, Balliol As above MT 2020
[12] Professor Fabian Essler, Worcester As above MT 2021
[13] Anisha Faruk The President of the Oxford University Student Union ex officio
Secretary: Council Secretariat (Ms Sarah Cowburn)

These meetings begin at 11.00am unless notified otherwise





Michaelmas Term 2019



Week 2

21 October 2019
(by correspondence)

7 October 2019

Week 6

18 November 2019

4 November 2019

Week 10

16 December 2019
(by correspondence)

2 December 2019

Hilary Term 2020



Week 2

27 January 2020
(by correspondence)

13 January 2020

Week 6

24 February 2020

10 February 2020

Week 10

23 March 2020
(by correspondence)

9 March 2020

Trinity Term 2020



Week 2

4 May 2020

20 April 2020

Week 6

1 June 2020
(by correspondence)

18 May 2020

Week 10

29 June 2020

15 June 2020


For the regulations of the General Purposes Committee please click here:


Contact us

Sarah Cowburn

Assistant Registrar (Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat