Statutory Bodies and Committees

Court

 The Court is the statutory body representing the interests of the University's internal and external constituencies. It does not take part in the day-to-day oversight of the University's affairs or in the decision-taking process but provides a forum where members of Court can raise any matters concerning the University. The Court is required to meet at least once a year.

Secretary to Court : If you would like further information about the Court, please contact Mark Pender, ext 5398.

Court members

The Court shall consist of the following persons:

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
(i) The Chancellor.
(ii) The Pro-Chancellors.
(iii) The President and Vice-Chancellor.
(iv) The Treasurer.
(v) The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellors.
(vi)The Heads of Schools.
(vii)The Chair of the Academic Assembly.
(viii)The holders of such offices in the University not exceeding five in all as may from time to time be prescribed by the Ordinances.
(ix)The President of the Students’ Union and such other officers of the Students’ Union as may from time to time be prescribed in the Ordinances.
(x) Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of and in the County of Somerset or its successor body.
(xi)The members of the Commons House of Parliament for such constituencies in the vicinity of the University as may from time to time be prescribed in the Ordinances.
(xii) The Mayor of Bath.
(xiii) Such officers of local government authorities in the vicinity of the University as may from time to time be prescribed in the Ordinances.
(xiv) Those members of the Council who are not members of the Court by virtue of the foregoing provisions.

LIFE MEMBERS
(i) Such benefactors of the University as the Council may from time to time appoint.
(ii) Members of the Council retiring after service of ten years or more on the Council.
(iii) Persons who may from time to time be elected by the Council in recognition of outstanding services to the University.
(iv) Emeritus Professors.


REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS
(i) Six representatives appointed by the Senate from among its members.
(ii) Three representatives appointed by the Convocation from among its members.
(iii) Such number not exceeding forty of representatives of such industrial bodies, research institutes, professional societies, learned bodies, commercial bodies, health authorities, government bodies, trades union organisations or media organisations appointed in such manner as may from time to time be prescribed by the Ordinances.
(iv) Such number not exceeding twelve of Head Teachers of such Schools appointed in such manner as may from time to time be prescribed by the Ordinances.
(v) Such number not exceeding five of representatives of such religious denominations appointed in such manner as may from time to time be prescribed by the Ordinances.


ELECTED MEMBERS
(i) Three persons elected by the Staff other than Academic Staff of the University in accordance with the Ordinances.
(ii) Three persons elected by the Academic Assembly in accordance with the Ordinances.

CO-OPTED MEMBERS
(i) Such other persons not exceeding twenty-four in all as may be co-opted by the Court.
(ii) Such other persons not exceeding twenty-four in all as may be appointed by the Council.

The membership of Court is set out in Section 13 of the Statutes.

Vacancies on University Court for three members of Academic Assembly and two non academic staff.

Terms of Reference

Approved by Privy Council in 1996, revised in 2000 and 2006.

The Court shall have the following functions:

  • To make representations pursuant to Article 4 of the Charter for the appointment of a Visitor.
  • After consideration of such reports or recommendations as are required by these Statutes to appoint the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors.
  • To receive from the Vice-Chancellor an Annual Report on the working of the University and to receive the annual audited Statement of Accounts of the University.
  • On the joint recommendation of the Council and the Senate to amend, add to or repeal any Article of the Charter in accordance with Article 29 of the Charter.
  • To make representations to the Council on any matter affecting the University.

Procedural Rules

Procedure: Sections 13-15 of the Statutes, Ordinance 7.
Appointment of Chair: Chancellor (or Pro-Chancellor in the absence of the Chancellor).
Co-option: See Section 13 of the Statutes.
Alternates: None specified.
Quorum: 25 members (Section 28.1 of the Statutes).
Rules for voting: None specified.
Minutes: Submitted to Council.

If you have any questions relating to Court email court@bath.ac.uk