Vacancies on the University Court


The Court is the governing body of the University and is responsible for overseeing the institution’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which institutional objectives are achieved and the potential of all learners is maximised.

The University of Dundee is seeking to appoint to a number of lay vacancies arising on the University Court from 1 August 2020.

The University of Dundee has a clear mission — to transform lives, locally and globally, by the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. We do this with world-class teaching, pioneering research and with work that has social, cultural and economic impact.

We are a Scottish institution operating on a global stage. Our impact is felt from the centre of Dundee, where we are absolutely central to the city’s future plans and prosperity, to the countries of the developing world where we are helping cure devastating diseases like malaria, and giving people life-changing opportunities for education.

We are home to a community of 17,000 students and over 3000 staff. Around 25 per cent of our students are from outside the UK.

Our ambition is to become Scotland’s leading university. In many areas – from widening access to innovation – that is a claim we can already make. Our Vison and values set out our ambitions.

We are looking for additional members on our governing body, the University Court to help the University achieve its ambitious goals.


Applications for appointment as lay members will be considered by an appointing panel established by the Governance & Nominations Committee, which will draw up a shortlist of preferred candidates for interview. The appointing panel normally consists of members of the Governance & Nominations Committee as follows: two lay members, one academic member and one student member.

Visits and Interview

Those applicants invited for interview will meet with the panel for a traditional interview which will explore each candidate's qualities, attributes and experience. In addition, shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet the Principal & Vice-Chancellor and the University secretary, whose views will contribute to those of the appointing committee.


The closing date for the receipt of completed applications (CV, covering letter, and equalities monitoring form) is noon on Monday 18 May 2020, with interviews taking place in June.


Information on the role of the Court

The Court has 24 members in total and approves the University's strategic plans, as well as financial, human resources, estates, and other operational strategies which underpin them, and monitors the University’s performance in achieving its goals.

Learn more about the Court:


Related Information

Our recently launched Strategy places a high-performance community at the heart of everything we do and takes us forward in our next fifty years.

Higher Education Governance:

A set of documents has been put together for you with further information about the Court and the University of Dundee:

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