New Chair required for University Court

Court, the University’s governing body, is seeking to appoint a new Chair to take up post in the Summer of 2021. The Chair is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of Court and will ensure that the University is well connected with its stakeholders, including its staff and students.

About Court

Court is the governing body of the University with responsibility for determining its strategic direction, institutional values and overall sustainability, and the welfare of the students and staff. The overarching purpose of governance in higher education is to promote the enduring success, integrity and probity of institutions, as set out in the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.

Higher education institutions are legally independent corporate bodies that have a common purpose to provide teaching and research. They also have an important role in helping to drive economic growth through their world-class research, partnerships with business and industry, and provision of a skilled graduate workforce. Court has ultimate responsibility for all of the affairs of the institution.

Applications are now welcomed in relation to the vacancy below.

Chair of Court

The Chair will lead Court in ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance, as laid out in the Scottish Code for Higher Education Governance and in accordance with the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016.

The University has a strategic plan which sets out its direction through to 2021 and has started the process to develop its next strategic plan. The Chair will work closely with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor and other University stakeholders in helping to shape the new plan and ensure its implementation.

With three-quarters of our research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), our groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide.

The essence of the University is our great people: students (14,000+), our staff (1,500+) and alumni (95,000+) are helping to shape the world. With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, we are a global university of distinction and an employer of choice.

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals with substantial leadership experience working in large complex organisations at board level, in business or the public sector. We are seeking applications from individuals with skills that would complement our existing membership.

Further information

The Chair of Court position will be remunerated with an honorarium of up to £20,000 per annum. Reasonable expenses related to University business will be reimbursed. The appointment will be for four years in the first instance. 

This is an important role which requires commitment and flexibility. The role will involve attendance at meetings, events and functions. The time commitment will vary from week to week, but is likely to amount to not less than one day per week on average, with some additional time for reading.

The University seeks to represent all the communities it serves. Expressions of interest from women, people with disabilities and members of minority groups are particularly welcomed.

Further information about Court, the role of the Chair and the types of experience we are looking for is available in our publication, “Further Information on the role of the Chair of Court, University of Stirling.”

How to apply

To apply please send a supporting statement, full CV and a completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form to Please highlight how your skills and experience match the role outline. Candidates are asked to provide the names of two referees who may be contacted before the nomination is submitted to Court for approval.

Information provided on the Equality and Diversity monitoring form will be used purely for monitoring and reporting purposes. The form will be separated from the application and is not part of the selection process.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 08 March 2021.

Contact us

For further information, or informal queries, please contact Eileen Schofield, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer.