Court members and other stakeholders, including our alumni and local MPs are invited to an Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is usually chaired by the Chancellor of the University and provides an opportunity for Court members to be engaged in the work of the University, to network and to meet with members of the University community and other stakeholders.
The Court activities include:
In addition, members of Court, as members of the University, are encouraged to attend University events, and to contribute through their networks and expertise to specific areas of our work, such as student employability.
Members of Court were updated on the University’s activities and strategic priorities and told more about our ‘Bounce Back’ strategy via an online meeting for Members of Court on Wednesday 24 March 2021. Our Chancellor, The Rt Hon John Bercow opened the meeting and Professor Anthony Forster gave an overview and update. This was followed by our Director of Finance, Planning and Data Insight, Andrew Keeble, who gave a brief overview of finances and an opportunity for our Members of Court to ask questions.
You can watch the video of the meeting below.
The next meeting of Court will take place on Friday 24 June 2022, time to be confirmed.
The Court has currently around 250 members, including:
There are no formal obligations or duties on members as such, but we ask members to accept the Statement on the Role of Court (.pdf). We expect that Court members will promote the University and its interests in the local and wider region. We hope those active in business, the public sector or in the charities sector will help in providing opportunities for students or in developing links with business and the community.
The University will ensure members are kept informed regarding the University's activities and strategic priorities, though the Annual Meeting and through other media. It will work with members with business and other connections to realise potential mutual benefits involving students and academic staff.
As part of our commitment to the effective delivery of the University's strategic objectives and to our wide range of stakeholders and supporters represented on Court, we recently undertook a review of Court (.pdf).
Appointed 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.
If you would like to be considered as an Appointed member, please complete the following documents:
These documents should be submitted to the Governance Office, for consideration by the Nominations Committee and approval by the University Council.
The Nominations Committee meet three times during the year, normally once in each term and the Council meets four times during the year. The dates of the meetings can be found on the University diary of meetings webpage.
All applications will be acknowledged. The applicant will be notified of the outcome following the meeting of Council.