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Department councils

What it is?

The Department Council is the collegial body that governs the Department, and is presided by the director. It meets as a plenary session at least once a year.


The main responsibilities of the Department Council are:

  • drawing up and approving the internal regulations;
  • electing and dismissing the director; approving the statement and distribution of expenditure and their implementation;
  • approving the annual report of its activities;
  • producing reports related to its areas of responsibility;
  • planning and coordinating the teaching role of the Department and proposing doctoral programmes;
  • presenting suggestions to the Faculty Board or School Board that it believes are relevant to the syllabuses;
  • pressurising for the creation of university research institutions and other research centres;
  • organising, within its branches of knowledge and subject areas, specialisation and popularisation lectures, seminars, and conference series; promoting the joint coordination of these activities alongside other departments;
  • promoting the drawing up of contracts with public and private bodies for scientific, technical and artistic assignments; proposing who to appoint as members of the committees for selecting teaching and research staff, officials and contract staff;
  • proposing the hiring of visiting lecturers and professors emeriti; proposing the hiring of research staff for short-term and specific assignments;
  • creating committees.


The Department Council is formed by all academic members of staff in the Department that hold a doctoral degree. In accordance with the terms stated in each department's regulations, the rest of the members of the Department Council are representatives of other academic staff, the research staff in training, the administration and services staff, and the students.