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 2022 will be as follows:

  Name Conditions of appointment Until
[1] Professor Louise Richardson The Vice-Chancellor ex officio
[2] Professor Jane Mellor, Queen's The Senior Proctor ex officio
[3] Dr Linda Flores, Harris Manchester The Junior Proctor ex officio
[4] Dr Richard Earl, Worcester The Assessor ex officio
[5] Baroness Jan Royall, Principal of Somerville The Chair of the Conference of Colleges ex officio
[6] Professor Dan Grimley, Merton College 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 Timothy Power, St Antony’s 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] Professor Patricia Daley, Jesus As above MT 2024
[12] Professor Fabian Essler, Worcester As above MT 2022
[13] Anvee Bhutani, Magdalen College The President of the Oxford University Student Union ex officio
Secretary: Council Secretariat (Ms Rebecca Thomas)

These meetings begin at 11.00am unless notified otherwise





Michaelmas Term 2021



Week 2

18 October 2021
(by correspondence)

4 October 2021

Week 6

15 November 2021

1 November 2021

Week 10

13 December 2021
(by correspondence)

29 November 2021

Hilary Term 2022



Week 2

24 January 2022
(by correspondence)

10 January 2022

Week 6

21 February 2022

7 February 2022

Week 10

21 March 2022
(by correspondence)

7 March 2022

Trinity Term 2022



Week 2

3 May 2022*
(by correspondence)

11** April 2022

Week 5

26 May 2022
(12:00 start)

9 May 2022

Week 10

27 June 2022

13 June 2022

*Tuesday to avoid a Bank Holiday

** The paper deadline has been brought forward by a week due to the timing of Easter (at the start of 0th week)


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


Contact us

Rebecca Thomas

Senior Admininstrative Officer (Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat