Senior Lay Member of the University Court

Ref: 4519

University of Edinburgh


Role Managed by:

Harriet Howlett

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6274


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Remuneration is available to the Senior Lay Member upon request at an honorarium of £15,000 per annum. This is in line with the Scottish Government minimum daily fee framework for Band 1 Chairs of Public Bodies of £327 per day given the expected time commitment. Reasonable expenses incurred will be met by the University as per the University’s Expenses Policy.

Closing Date: 03/02/2020

Formal Interview Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

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One of the world’s top universities, the University of Edinburgh is internationally renowned for the depth and breadth of its research, the high quality of its teaching and learning, and its entrepreneurial and creative culture. With more than 15,000 staff and over 43,000 students, the University of Edinburgh is a truly global university, rooted in Scotland, but with worldwide impact. 

The University Court is the governing body of the University of Edinburgh. The Court is collectively responsible for overseeing the University’s activities, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the institutional mission can be achieved, and the potential of all learners maximised. Court members collectively provide high-level strategic oversight and ensure that adequate control and monitoring arrangements exist to support management in exercising proper stewardship and working towards agreed strategic objectives.

The University is looking to appoint to the new role of Senior Lay Member of its Court. The Senior Lay Member’s role is akin to that of a Non-Executive Chair of a governing Board and is responsible for the overall leadership of the University Court. Through effective leadership of the Court, the Senior Lay Member plays a central role in the effective governance and strategic oversight of the University.

The University is looking for an experienced individual with a successful track record of leadership and governance at a senior strategic level in large, complex organisations. The ideal candidate must be an experienced individual who is able to command the trust and respect of the members of the Court, as well as the University’s staff and students. Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, coupled with a strong commitment to, and affinity for, higher education. Whether from the private, public or third sectors, candidates must demonstrate a deep-rooted sense of values and the importance of public facing institutions and universities specifically.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. The University welcomes applications that reflect the breadth and diversity of the communities that the University serves, and that would further enhance the diversity of the Court.

The Senior Lay Member is elected following an open recruitment and interview process for an initial period of 3 years which is renewable for a further period of 3 years.

The University of Edinburgh will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver, who will help to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assist in their assessment against the requirements for this role. 

The deadline for applications is midday (GMT) on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Salary: Remuneration for the role is available upon the request of the postholder at an honorarium of £15,000 per annum.  Reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed as per the University’s Expenses Policy. 


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