Recruitment of Independent Court Member

Abertay University is seeking a new independent member of the University Court.

The University Court is the Governing Body of the University and its powers are set out in the University’s constitutional document - 'The Abertay University (Scotland) Order of Council 2019'.

The University Court meets at least five times each year and is made up of a maximum of 25 members, including independent members, ex-officio members, staff, trade union and students. Independent members remain an absolute majority. 

Brief biographies of individual members of Court are available on our webpages.

The Role

We are seeking to recruit a new independent Court member who can contribute to the work of the Court over the next three years. The person specification in the application pack sets out the essential skills and experience we think are required for the role. 

This is an important role and requires time commitment and flexibility from the postholder given that the actual time spent on the role can be unpredictable. It is estimated that Independent Court Members will need to devote between 12 and 15 days per year, plus personal preparation time, to effectively fulfil the duties.

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

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

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Appointment Process

The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Friday 20 October 2023.  

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV along with a 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 in late October and invite shortlisted applicants for interview in November.

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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