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Get involved

Get involved with governance at The University of Manchester and you’ll be part of a two-way relationship that makes a difference on a local and global scale.

You’ll not only be bringing your specialist expertise to the management and direction of a world-class organisation – you’ll also be helping us to continue to place the interests of wider society at the heart of our work.

There are two ways in which you can get involved with governance at The University of Manchester: our Board of Governors and our General Assembly. New members are appointed through the Board’s Nominations Committee.

Board of Governors

For the relatively small number of lay members required for the Board of Governors, the Committee welcomes applications from professionals of the highest calibre who have the necessary skills, expertise, background and track record to contribute substantially to the University's governing body in delivering its key responsibilities.

Our Board members act as ambassadors of the University, and we therefore seek individuals with the utmost integrity and dedication. These three-year, renewable, unpaid appointments are open to suitable applicants based anywhere in the UK who are able to commit to attend meetings in Manchester on a routine basis. The time commitment is typically between five and ten days in each year.

General Assembly

Membership of the General Assembly embraces a well-balanced and broad range of experiences and skills, involving people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We welcome enquiries from any member of the wider community, and, in particular, from those of black or of minority ethnic backgrounds, from those with disabilities, from women and from younger adults, all of whom are currently underrepresented.

These are also three-year, renewable, unpaid appointments; however, the time commitment is much less substantial than for the Board of Governors. The General Assembly meets just twice in each year, typically in January and June.

We are currently carrying out an effectiveness review of the General Assembly (following a wider governance review) and so recruitment of lay members to vacancies in categories 9 and 10 has temporarily been put on hold.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the University as a lay member of the Board of Governors, please submit an outline CV or biography, accompanied by a one-page personal statement on any relevant experience, your interest in education and your reasons for wishing to become involved with the University in this way.

Send your applications directly by email to or by post to:

Governance Team
1,021 John Owens Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL