- Appoint a chief executive in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988, and monitor and evaluate his or her performance.
- Prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a mechanism that provides for funding via plans. Ensure that UCOL is managed in accordance with the plan; and determine policies to implement that plan.
- Determine, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the policies of UCOL in relation to the management of its affairs.
- Undertake planning relating to UCOL's long-term strategic direction.
- Strive to ensure the institution attains the highest standards of excellence in education, training and research.
- Acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Encourage the greatest possible participation by the communities served by UCOL, to maximise the educational potential of all members of those communities, with particular emphasis on those groups that are under-represented among the students of the institution.
- Ensure UCOL does not discriminate unfairly against any person.
- Ensure UCOL operates in a financially responsible manner that ensures the efficient use of resources and maintains the institution's long-term viability.
- Ensure that proper standards of integrity, conduct, and concern for the public interest and the wellbeing of the students attending UCOL are maintained.
In addition to general responsibilities of the Council as a whole, an individual Councillor has additional expectations and responsibilities.