A template with extensive instructions has been prepared to help those staff who are given the responsibility of drafting or redrafting the constitution of a committee.
The template was developed in 2005 after the Working Smarter Through Committees working party looked at ways of streamlining and improving the committee process without compromising the collegial aspects of the process. Recommendation 1 of the working party's report was that:
All committees should have a constitution which clearly states the committee’s business including defining its role and purpose, the business it deals with, process of operation and the required skills and qualifications of members as appropriate. Committee constitutions should be made available to all University staff through the University Intranet. Further, all committees should review existing constitutions for clarity of purpose and role.