We are a statutory body representing the interests of the University's internal and external constituencies.
Court is a forum which brings together members of the University community and its stakeholders and enables them to exchange ideas on matters of shared interest or concern. It meets at least once a year. Court does not take part in the day-to-day oversight of the affairs of the University or in the decision-making process, except for its role in the approval of amendments to the University Charter.
Court is chaired by the University Chancellor or, in his absence, one of the Pro-Chancellors. Following recent reforms, it has been reduced in size to a total of 93 members in 13 categories, each representing a different constituency of stakeholders. About 20 of its members are automatically appointed to Court because of the office that they hold. The remainder are either elected or appointed into their post and serve a maximum of three, three-year terms.
Court is established under clause 11 of the University Charter. Its membership is determined by the provisions of section 13 of the University Statutes, Ordinance 6 and the Framework for Elections and Appointments to Court. Its terms of reference are set out in section 15 of the University Statutes. The procedures at Court are set out in its Standing Orders.
Court’s membership was revised in 2021. Following final agreement by Court on 28 January 2021 and Council on 22 July 2021, the Privy Council, who must approve all changes to University Statutes, agreed on 18 August 2021 to reduce membership to a maximum of 93 members.
The Court now consists of the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors ex officio and a total of 93 other members, as follows:
(a) Fourteen current members of staff of the University, including, ex officio, the Chair of Academic Assembly
(b) Fourteen current students and student sabbatical officers of the University
(c) Six office holders, including, ex officio, the Vice-Chancellor
(d) Six members of the Council of the University, including, ex officio, the Chair of Council, the Treasurer and the Senior Independent Director
(e) Ten Emeritus Professors of the University
(f) Six alumni of the University
(g) Six representatives of local and regional elected bodies
(h) Eight representatives of communities of strategic importance to the University
(i) Six representatives of local or regional educational institutions or trusts
(j) Five representatives of research funders and business partners
(k) Five representatives of employers, placement providers and professional bodies
(l) Four members of the University’s international stakeholder community
(m) Three representatives of the campus trade unions who are not members of the University.