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 also an informal
social occasion for Court members to meet each other and senior members of
The Court processes involve:
The Court has around 250 members, including:
- senior University office holders;
- members of academic staff and students; and
- a wide range of external members.
Up to 200 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
members will attend the annual meeting on a regular basis.