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Staff elections to Council 2023

The Council Secretariat is delighted to announce the results of the recent Council member elections. Elections were held for an academic staff member (all faculties) and a non-academic staff member to serve on Council, the governing body of Queen Mary University of London.

The successful candidates are Dr Anthony Philipps, Head of the Centre for Condensed Matter Physics and Reader in Physics and Chemistry of Materials, and Natalie McCloskey, Institute Manager of the Blizard Institute. Anthony and Natalie have been elected for an initial four-year term of office starting 25 September 2023 with the option for a second term subject to re-election.

Thank you to all staff who nominated and voted in the election, and congratulations to Anthony and Natalie.

Returning Officer's report 2023 [PDF 119KB]

Background information to the election process

The Council elections are run using the Single Transferable Vote [PDF 199KB] system which allows voters to rank candidates by preference making for a fairer result. All staff were emailed a link to the online voting system which was run on Microsoft forms. The ballot was open from July 17th to 31st. 

Candidates self-nominated and were required to write an election statement for publication on the website and online ballot. All candidates were given the opportunity to have a call with a current Council member prior to the ballot going live. 

7 nominations had been received for the academic staff member (all faculties) role and 6 nominations for the non-academic staff member position. 


Council is the governing body of Queen Mary University of London. Members listen to, discuss, and constructively challenge the senior executive in relation to the university strategy, the use of public funds, the management of our finances, and compliance with our statutory obligations.

The Council membership includes both Queen Mary staff and individuals external to the university, including five elected members of academic and Professional Services staff.  Members have a responsibility to act in the best interests of Queen Mary and not as representatives of a particular staff group, school, institute, or department.

Council member role description [PDF 18KB]

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