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Lincoln University is governed by a Council which is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the University.


The Council also has to ensure all statutory requirements, and in particular those of the Education Act 1989, are met.
The Council approves the management framework and overall structure and operation of the University, including delegations to the Vice-Chancellor and Academic Board.

Council responsibilities

The Council's responsibilities include:
* Ensuring that the University attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and in research
* Acknowledging the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
* Ensuring the well-being of students
* Ensuring the responsible use of resources.

Council Members

The Council is chaired by the Chancellor, Steve Smith. In the absence of the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor, Linda Tame, deputises. The current members are listed below, with the year in which their current term ends noted in brackets.
Four persons appointed by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
* Bruce Gemmell, BBS (Massey), CA (2019)
* Sir Graeme T Harrison, KNZM, BA, MA (Hons), (Cant), DCom (Linc) (2019)
* Andrew Macfarlane, BAgrSc (Linc), MNZIPIM (2018)
* Janice Fredric, BCom (Cant), MBA (Dist) (Massey), CA, CMinstD, FNZIMS (2021)
* Professor Robin Pollard BSc (Hons) (Cantuar), MBA (Monash), PhD (Cantuar)
One member elected by the Academic Staff
* Professor Brian Jordan, BSc (Hons), PhD (Newcastle, UK), MNZIFST, MRSNZ (2019)
One member elected by the General Staff
* Paula Morrison, BA (Auck) (2021)
One student
* Danyon Thomas, BEMP (Linc) (2017)
One member appointed after nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
* Puamiria Parata-Goodall, BA (Cant), B Māori Performing Arts (Te Awanuiarangi) (2019)
Three members appointed by the Council
* Emeritus Professor James McWha AO, BSc, BAgr(Hons) (Queen's University of Belfast), PhD (Glasgow), PhD ad eundum gradum (Adelaide), DSc honoris causa (Massey), DUniv honoris causa (Adelaide) (2021)
* Linda Tame (Pro-Chancellor), QSM, BEc (ANU), DipTchg (2019)
* Steve Smith (Chancellor), Advanced Dip. Field Tech. (Distinction), MW (Inst. of Wine, London) (2020)

Council meetings for 2017

The dates for Council meetings in 2017 are as follows:
* 31 January
* 28 February
* 28 March
* 28 April - Graduation
* 30 May
* 27 June
* 25 July
* 29 August
* 26 September
* 31 October
* 21 November
* 12 December

Council meetings for 2018

The dates for Council meetings in 2018 are as follows:
* 27 February
* 27 March
* 13 April - Graduation
* 1 May
* 29 May
* 26 June
* 31 July
* 28 August
* 25 September
* 30 October
* 27 November
* 18 December

Council agenda, papers and minutes

The Council papers available below are from the public session of each Council meeting.
2017 Agenda papers Minutes
31 January Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 211KB)
28 February Agenda (PDF 5MB) Minutes (PDF 245KB)
28 March Agenda (PDF 2MB) Minutes (PDF 246KB)
30 May Agenda (PDF 2MB) Minutes (PDF 271KB)
27 June Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 277KB)
25 July Agenda (PDF 8MB) Minutes (PDF 315KB)
29 August Agenda (PDF 4MB) Minutes (PDF 307KB)
26 September Agenda (PDF 3MB) Minutes (PDF 266KB)
31 October Agenda (PDF 4MB) Minutes (PDF 306KB)
21 November Agenda (PDF 3MB)
12 December
2016 Agenda papers Minutes
15 January Minutes (PDF 152KB)
26 January Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 212KB)
23 February Agenda (PDF 4MB) Minutes (PDF 237KB)
22 March Agenda (PDF 3MB) Minutes (PDF 454KB)
19 April Agenda (PDF 2MB) Minutes (PDF 238KB)
24 May Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 234KB)
21 June Agenda (PDF 4MB) Minutes (PDF 227KB)
26 July Agenda (PDF 3MB) Minutes (PDF 297KB)
23 August Agenda (PDF 4MB) Minutes (PDF 228KB)
27 September Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 265KB)
18 October Agenda (PDF 5MB) Minutes (PDF 253KB)
22 November Agenda (PDF 5MB) Minutes (PDF 249KB)
6 December Agenda (PDF 1MB) Minutes (PDF 230KB)

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