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Functions and duties of Council

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The functions, duties and powers of the Council are prescribed in the Education Act 1989, sections 180,181 and 193. These include:

  • to appoint a Chief Executive (Vice-Chancellor)
  • to prepare and submit a proposed plan and to ensure that the institution is managed in accordance with that plan
  • to determine the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs
  • to undertake planning relating to the institution’s long-term strategic direction
  • to strive to ensure that the university attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research
  • to encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by the university so as to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities with particular emphasis on those groups in those communities that are under-represented among the students of the University
  • to ensure that the university operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the university’s long-term viability
  • to provide courses of study, admit students and grant awards
  • to prescribe fees payable by students