Chair of Court

Ref: 7395

Glasgow Caledonian University

Cowcaddens Rd, Glasgow G4 0BA

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Role coordinated by:

Ellen Carter

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7362


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Honorarium/expenses available

Closing Date: 05/08/2024

Formal Interview Date: Early October 2024

Glasgow Caledonian – the largest and leading modern university in Scotland – is a vibrant, values-led organisation with campuses in the heart of Glasgow and London. Through our strong commitment to delivering high quality education and research, we are responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.

With a wide range of professionally accredited courses and links with over 300 industry partners, we have the highest proportion of first-degree graduates in highly skilled occupations (82%) compared to other Scottish modern universities. In 2023, we entered the top 40 universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide and were in the top 50 UK universities in the 2024 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the first time. 

The University is now looking to appoint a new Chair of Court. The Chair is responsible for the leadership of Court as the University’s governing body, and, together with the governing body and the Principal, is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the University and ensuring the delivery of its key objectives. 

Candidates must evidence a proven track record as a successful executive or non-executive leader within an organisation of comparable size and complexity to the University; substantial experience of chairing board-level meetings and working alongside chief executives gained within complex organisations in the private, public or third sectors; and a strong personal commitment to the mission, values, aims and objectives of the University. 

Full criteria and more information about the University, the role of Chair, time commitment and remuneration available can be found by visiting quoting reference 7395. 

The appointment process, which conforms to the requirements of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016, comprises three stages: application; interview and election.  

Interested parties are invited to submit a CV and covering letter. They should explain why they feel they meet the criteria and how they would be successful in the role.  All candidates must complete and submit an Equality Monitoring Form.  

The closing date for applications is Monday 5th August at 9am (BST).

For a conversation in confidence, please contact Ellen Carter at

The Chair Appointment Oversight Committee (CAOC) will review all applications and determine which of them appear to meet the criteria for appointment. Those applicants so shortlisted will be invited for interview.  

Those applicants invited for interview will meet with the CAOC for an interview which will explore each candidate’s qualities, attributes, and experience to determine whether they can demonstrate that they fulfil the criteria for the role.  

Interviews are expected to be held in early October 2024. Candidates required to attend the University in connection with their application will be eligible to reclaim all reasonable travel expenses incurred.  

Following this interview, the CAOC will reach a decision on whether the interviewed applicants have met the criteria for the role. Those that in its judgement meet the criteria will be declared candidates in an election.  

The final stage of the process involves an online election between those individuals declared as candidates following interview. As prescribed in the HE Governance (Scotland) Act 2016, candidates must confirm their intention to stand in an election and there must be more than one candidate before an election will be held. The appointment can only be made following a contested election. The electorate comprises all students, staff and Court members of the University, and voting in the election will take place over a seven-day period.  

Candidates will have the opportunity to set out an election message including a brief CV which will be distributed by the University to all electors, and candidates will also be expected to attend an open meeting with staff and students to take questions and set out how they will approach the role.  

The election will take place at the end of October 2024.  

The winning candidate will be appointed Chair of Court under the terms set out above and with a start date agreed by Court and the candidate.

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