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Role of the Central Bodies

It is often said that the university operates democratically.  Okay, but what does this cover in reality?  What is the role of the central bodies?  The university's apparent complexity will soon become clear!

The three central bodies are composed of elected members, including students and external figures.  Democracy at UPMC is governed by three bodies: the Board of Trustees (CA; Conseil d’administration), the Scientific Council (CS; Conseil scientifique) and the Academic Programmes and Student Life Council (CEVU; Conseil des études et de la vie universitaire).


The Board of Trustees is responsible for the general objectives of the university's policy.  It votes the budget and approves the accounts.  It approves the university's organisation chart, its policies and procedures and exam regulations.  It coordinates the activity of its various departments.  It votes the budget and the division of subsidies and jobs, deliberates the university-state contract, decides on research funds, determines the use of premises and approves agreements and licences.
This board is composed of 29 members, four of which are student representatives.


The Scientific Council is consulted on the university-state contract, research policy directions, doctoral training, scientific and technical documentation, scientific knowledge dissemination, research fund division, research programmes and contracts offered by the university’s various departments and the titles to be given to teacher-researcher and researcher posts whose creation are requested.  It is this body that must establish initial and continuing training programmes, requests for accreditation to award national diplomas, plans to create and modify university diplomas, research grant proposals and the recruitment and replacement of ATER (Attachés temporaires d'enseignement et de recherche; temporary non-tenured teacher-researchers).  It also has its say regarding research policy directions, doctoral training and scientific and technical documentation.
This council is composed of 41 members, four of which are student representatives.


The Academic Programmes and Student Life Council is primarily responsible for student's political and union rights.  It is consulted not just on the directions of initial and continuing training courses, but also on requests for accreditation and plans for new courses.  It is also tasked with evaluating courses and measures so as to enable the implementation of student guidance and accreditation for prior learning to facilitate students’ transition to work and to promote the cultural, sports, social and association activities on offer.  In addition to these responsibilities it also introduces measures to improve living and working conditions, particularly concerning student services support activities, the medical and social services, libraries, resource centres and measures to assist disabled students.  It is given statistics containing exam and degree success, continued study and professional transition indicators before they are published.
This council is composed of 37 members, fourteen of which are student representatives.