We are a statutory body representing the interests of the University's internal and external constituencies.
Court represents interests of the internal and external constituencies at the University. It provides a forum where its members can raise any matters concerning the University. It doesn't take part in the day-to-day oversight of affairs or the decision-taking process.
The Court is established under clause 11 of the University Charter. Statute 15 of the University Statutes sets out the functions of the Court and the frequency of its meetings: it is required to meet at least once a year. Information about the responsibilities of the Court is in terms of reference, and rules governing its proceedings in its Standing Orders.
Membership is defined within Statute 13. Appointment and elections are defined by sections 6 and 7 of the University Ordinances with further detail in the Framework for Elections and Appointments to Court.
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.