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Abertay University – Independent Members of Court


Abertay University is a modern, pioneering and ambitious university with almost 4,000 students and income of about £34 million per year with a strong tradition of preparing students for the industries and jobs of the modern world.

The University is seeking to appoint up to five new independent members of its governing body, the University Court, and is looking for individuals with experience of senior leadership roles in private, public or third-sector organisations, who have a strong personal interest in, and commitment to, higher education and who will support the University in achieving its mission and ensuring that it is governed and managed effectively.

The University Court is the governing body of the University. The main purpose of the role of Court Member is, inter alia, to assist Court in performing its statutory functions. Court is the University’s legal authority and collectively it is responsible for the proper conduct of the University’s public business, for strategic vision, monitoring effectiveness and performance of the University, approving financial, estate and human resource strategies, ensuring equality and diversity, being the employing authority and ensuring the good name and values of the University. Since the University is a Charity, Members are also responsible for ensuring that Court exercises efficient and effective use of the resources of the University for the furtherance of its charitable purposes, maintains its long-term financial viability, and safeguards its assets, and that proper mechanisms exist to ensure financial control.

The ideal candidate will have a commitment to higher education and empathy with the purpose, principles and objectives of the University with a strong track record of leadership in either the private, public or third sector. The University is committed to equality and diversity and we are particularly keen to receive applications from women.

The appointment is for a period of three years with the possibility of two further periods of office.

For more information on these roles and on the University, please visit For a confidential discussion please contact either Donogh O’Brien or Lauren Neil on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: Friday 19th January 2018

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