Nomination of candidates for the ACU Council 2019-2022

The ACU Council is comprised of up to 23 members, elected by executive heads of full member institutions to represent its diverse membership across the Commonwealth.

As the ACU is a UK-registered charity, Council members also act as its Trustees and are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the ACU.

We are seeking nominations for executive heads in our member universities who are not only committed and passionate about higher education, but are:

  • Aligned with the ACU's strategic priorities.
  • Able, with support from the Executive, to represent and speak on behalf of the ACU in an external facing capacity, particularly within the constituency that they represent, and/or on specific areas of expertise.
  • Willing to connect and involve the ACU in conversations and opportunities on a national, regional and global level.

There are currently 10 vacancies on Council in the following constituencies and nominations are invited as follows, with consideration given to the ACU's desire to reflect the diversity of its membership, and the Commonwealth, through its Council:

Constituency I (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom)

Three members in total, one from each of the following:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

Constituency II (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Four members in total, one from each of the following:

  • Bangladesh
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Constituency III (East Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda; Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe; West Africa: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)

Three members in total, at least one from each of the following:

  • East Africa
  • Southern Africa


As a UK-registered Charity, Council members (Trustees) must be able to confirm that they are not disqualified by law from acting as charity trustees - full details of the reasons for disqualification can be found here. If you think that any of these may apply, please contact for further guidance.

Nominees for Council must be an executive head of a full member institution at the time of election, with at least one year's remaining service. An elected member who retires as executive head with no more than one year of his/her term on Council left to run shall be entitled to remain as a member of Council. A member whose institution fails to maintain its subscription to the ACU, or who is removed from office as executive head, shall no longer be a member of Council or an Officer of Council.

Council members must be able to represent a wider constituency than just their own institution and must be able to participate fully in both face-to-face and electronic meetings.

Nomination and election process

Nominations will be accepted from executive heads of ACU full member institutions only. Individuals may nominate themselves or other executive heads at member institutions in their Constituency.

Nominees must also receive/seek one or more supporting nomination(s) in order to proceed to a ballot of all members in their constituency or to be elected.

A ballot will only take place in constituencies where more nominations are received than positions available and executive heads in the relevant constituency will be invited to vote to elect their preferred candidate to serve on Council.

Those nominating candidates for the ACU Council should bear in mind the above requirements and refer to the Role and functions of Council and the Role description for members of Council.


In order to ensure continuity, and to maintain an oversight of strategic decisions and priorities agreed, the tenure of membership of Council is three years, with the facility to be re-nominated and elected for a second three-year term.

Therefore, we invite nominations of members who are able to remain on Council for this period of three years in the first instance.

Nominations close at 12 pm (BST) on Tuesday 18 June 2019