The Court of the University of Essex is a formal body, established under
Charter and Statutes, which encourages local stakeholders to have an active
interest in the University, be formally associated with it and comment on how we
operate. An annual meeting of Court is attended by invited stakeholders
including our alumni and local MPs. The annual meeting is usually chaired
by the Chancellor of the University and provides an opportunity for Court
members to network and to meet with members of the University community and
The Court processes involve:
- the annual meeting of Court
- discussion of the Vice-Chancellor's report on the workings and sustainability of the
University since the last meeting, and
The Court has currently around 250 members, including:
- senior University office holders;
- members of academic staff and students; and
- a wide range of external members.
External members are appointed by the Council, the University's
governing body, on the recommendation of its Nominations Committee.
Court members are appointed on the basis of their interests, expertise or
other connections with the University. We aim to ensure that members are
broadly representative of the local community. There are no formal
obligations or duties on members as such, but the University hopes that
Court members will take an active interest in the life of the University,
promote the University and its interests in the local and wider region,
and attend the annual meeting on a regular basis.