General Council

​The General Council is comprised of 23 members, among which 13 representatives of UTAD’s teachers and researchers; three student representatives; six personalities not belonging to the University but with knowledge and experience relevant to the role; and one representative of non-teaching and non-researching staff.
By its own initiative or under a proposal from the Rector, the General Council may create bodies of an advisory nature and define their composition and skills. The Rector is also elected by the General Council, under the university’s statutes and in the manner prescribed by the internal regulations created by the General Council.


Co-opted Members
António Miguel de Morais Taborda Barreto
Fernando Bianchi de Aguiar
José Albino da Silva Peneda
Luis Rochartre Álvares
Pedro Manuel Gonçalves Lourtie
Sérgio Figueiredo

Teachers and Researchers
António Augusto Fontainhas Fernandes
Carlos Manuel José Alves Serôdio
João Alexandre Ferreira Abel dos Santos Cabral
João Fernandes Rebelo
José Boaventura Ribeiro da Cunha
José Tadeu Marques Aranha
Maria da Conceição Fidalgo Guimarães Costa Azevedo
Maria do Carmo Martins Pires e Sousa
Maria dos Anjos Clemente Pires
Mário Jorge Modesto Gonzalez Pereira
Mário Sérgio Carvalho Teixeira
Vicente de Seixas e Sousa
Victor Manuel Machado de Ribeiro dos Reis
Non-teaching and Non-researching Staff
Nelson Rogério dos Santos Pinto Monteiro
João Filipe Ferreira Tomás
Octávio Manuel Ribeiro Serra
Sérgio Filipe Ferreira Martinho
The General Council is a strategic decision and supervision body, whose responsibilities are defined in Article 36 of UTAD’s Statutes:
1 – It’s Incumbent upon the General Council:
a) To elect its President, by a majority of its members in office, from among the members referred to in paragraph c) of no. 2 of Article 34;
b) To approve amendments to the Statutes, in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4 of Article 68, Law 62/2007 of September10th;
c) To organize the election procedure and elect the Rector, under the law, Statutes and regulations;
d) To think through the acts of the Rector and the Management Board;
e) To propose initiatives it considers necessary to the proper functioning of the University;
f) To perform any other duties prescribed by law or the Statutes.
2 - The General Council shall, upon proposal from the Rector:
a) Approve the strategic medium-term plans and the action plan designed for the four years of the Rector’s tenure;
b) Approve the University’s general guidelines at scientific, educational, financial and patrimonial levels;
c) Create, change or extinguish organic units;
d) Approve the rules applicable to the process of electing the Rector;
e) Approve, by a majority of members in office, the participation of UTAD in consortia created on the initiative of its members, in accordance with Article 9 of the Statutes;
f) Approve the annual activity plans and appraise the annual University activities report;
g) Approve the proposed budget;
h) Approve the consolidated financial statements, accompanied by the Statutory Auditor’s report;
i) Determine the fees payable by students;
j) Propose or authorize, as required by law, the acquisition or disposal of real estate assets of the institution, as well as credit transactions;
l) Consider and approve, by a majority of members in office, the proposed application for the transformation of UTAD into a public higher education institution of a foundational nature;
m) Rule, in an advisory capacity, on other issues submitted by the Rector.
3 - The decisions referred to in paragraphs a) to c), f) and h) of no 2 are necessarily preceded by the analysis of an expert opinion, to be prepared and approved by the external members referred to in subparagraph c) of no. 2 of article 34.
4 - In all matters within its competence, the Council may request recommendations from other bodies of the University or its organic units, including bodies of an advisory nature.
5 - The General Council’s decisions are approved by simple majority, except in cases where the law or Statutes require an absolute majority or another more demanding majority.