Recruitment of Lay Members of Court

Abertay University is seeking new lay members to join Court, the University governing body.

The University Court is the Governing Body of the University and is responsible for overseeing the institution's activities and agreeing the University’s strategic direction. It is responsible for the effective governance of the institution and agrees the strategic plan and annual budget.  Further information can be found in its Statement of Primary Responsibilities.   

Court delegates responsibility to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, supported by the Senior Management Team, to deliver the strategic objectives, manage the University’s finances, and to be responsible for the operational management of the University.  Court has a maximum of 25 members, including independent lay members, representatives of students, staff, and the trade unions.   

Further information can be found on our webpages - About the University Court.

The Role

We are looking to recruit outstanding individuals as new lay members to Court. Lay Court membership represents a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the University The person specification included in the Independent Court Member Applicant Information pack sets out the key skills and experience we think is required for the role, but we are looking for a mix of new members, who can bring diversity of thinking and skills to Court, particularly as we seek to implement our new strategies.  

These posts are part-time (around 12-15 working days per annum) voluntary opportunities for an initial term of 3 years.

The University is committed to equality and diversity, and we are particularly keen to receive applications from those that are currently under-represented on Court - women; people who are disabled; and people from ethnic minorities. 

Further information including the Court Members Role Descriptor and person specification is available in the Independent Court Member Applicant Information Pack. 

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Co-opted Members

We are also looking for new co-opted members for the Audit & Risk Committee. Co-opted members of Court standing-committees are independent, lay individuals, bringing specialist advice and input to the business of the committee. Co-opted members are not members of the University Court; however, they are full members of the Committee on which they sit and make a pivotal contribution its business. These posts are part-time voluntary opportunities for an initial term of 2 years. The Committee normally meets a minimum of four times per academic year.

Further information on the Audit and Risk Committee including its remit and current membership is available on our webpages.

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Appointment Process

The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Tuesday 2 May 2023.  

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV along with completed covering letter setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the criteria to


The Governance & Nominations Committee will review applications and invite shortlisted applicants for interview during May.  

Further Information 

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Caroline Summers (Vice-Principal (Strategy & Governance) and University Secretary) by emailing 

Download our Independent Court Member Applicant Information Pack.

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