Vacancy - Chair of Court

 Applications are now welcomed in relation to a vacancy arising in July 2019 in the position of Chairperson of the University Court.

Further Information

The University of Dundee is seeking an innovative, informed, and energetic leader with wide experience and a professional approach to head its governing body, the Court.

The Chairperson of Court does not have executive powers, but must ensure that the Court is effectively led in reaching collective decisions and exhibits good governance. The Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction and ensures effective leadership and good governance. The vacancy, which arises in July 2019, will provide a rewarding opportunity to play a key role in building on the University’s recent successes and positioning it for future strategic development.

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with experience in leading on strategic issues within a complex organisation. They will bring relevant expertise from their own area of experience. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of governance in complex organisations, an awareness of the principles of public life, and a strong commitment to, and affinity for, higher education and the vision, strategic goals and values of the University of Dundee.

In accordance with the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act (2016), the appointment process will involve an interview, with suitable candidates subsequently standing for election by staff, students, and Court members of the University.

Details on how to apply, the process, criteria, and responsibilities for the position are available from the Further Particulars which are shown in the right-hand panel. 

Contact us

Informal discussions on the role and the process should be directed to the University Secretary & Cheif Operating Officer, Dr Jim McGeorge (, 01382 386771), or to the Director of Academic & Corporate Governance, Dr Neale Laker (, 01382 385104). Applicants may also wish to contact the current Deputy Chairperson of Court, Bernadette Malone via (01382 386359).


Completed applications, including a CV, application template, and equalities monitoring form, should be submitted electronically to, or in hardcopy to Dr Jim McGeorge, University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer, Principal’s Office, Level 4, Tower Building, University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN and must be recieved by noon on 14 December 2018.

The University is committed to diversity in its membership and would welcome applications from all suitably experienced individuals. Applications would be particularly welcomed from individuals from protected characteristic groups currently underrepresented on the Court who would further enhance its diversity and reasonable adjustments for disability will be implemented for those who may require them. The University shall reimburse candidates for reasonable travel expenses, including care costs of dependants.