Partnership council meets monthly, and is responsible for planning, development or operational matters delegated to it by the court.
It is made up of the principals and directors of academic partner colleges and research institutions and chaired by the university principal and vice-chancellor. Other members include the deputy principal, the chief operating officer and secretary, the university vice-principals, an elected university staff member, and the president of the Highlands and Islands’ Students' Association. The director of corporate resources and the deans of faculty are also in attendance at committee meetings for specific agenda items.
The committee is subject to overall authority and approval of court and may delegate responsibilities to subcommittees to help carry out its work.