The Court of the University of Essex, established under University's Charter and Statutes, encourages local stakeholders to have an active interest in the University and be formally associated with it.

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.

Court activities

The Court activities include:

  • the Annual Meeting, including
  • the Vice-Chancellor and Director of Finance, Planning and Data Insight's report on the workings and sustainability of the University since the last meeting
  • the award of Honorary Fellowships

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.

Annual Meeting 2023

The Annual Meeting was held on Thursday 29 June 2023 and you can read the speech that the Vice-Chancellor gave at the Annual Meeting on our Annual Meeting and Summer Reception blog 

Notice of next meeting

Our Annual Meeting and Summer Reception will take place on Thursday 27 June 2024. We would be delighted if you could join us to help celebrate this year’s achievements.



The Court has currently around 250 members, including:

  • senior University office holders
  • members of academic staff and students
  • a wide range of external members

Role of members 

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.

Court review

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).

Appointment of members

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.

Process of appointment of an Appointed member of Court

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.  

Court membership and meetings
Sarah Lawrence or Anita Nwachukwu Governance Assistant
5S.5.1 (Office of the Vice-Chancellor)
Telephone: 01206 873333
Court general enquiries
Clare Hornsby Head of Corporate Governance
5S.5.0D (Office of the Vice-Chancellor)
Telephone: 01206 874704
Registrar and Secretary
Bryn Morris Registrar and Secretary
Telephone:  01206 874681