The Role

We are seeking to appoint exceptional individuals to serve as independent members on our governing body (the Court). The Court plays a crucial role in the development of the University’s vision and strategic direction and this opportunity arises at an exciting time as we seek to build upon recent successes and take forward the Aberdeen 2040 strategy.

Applications are invited from individuals with a record of successful leadership at a senior level within a public, private or third sector organisation who are keen to support an internationally competitive research based university. Experience of governance in a non-executive director/charitable trustee role would also be desirable. Interest would also be particularly welcome at this time from those with expertise in any of the following areas: legal, strategic finance, strategic risk management, and strategic project management (particularly in relation to the areas of capital/ property or IT/ digital).  Candidates should also have a strong identification with the University and/or the most immediate local and national communities of Scotland that we serve. Although not an essential requirement, candidates who are members of the University’s General Council (Graduates) are particularly welcome.

In addition to maintaining its gender balance, the Court would particularly welcome applications from candidates who could bring a lived experience of the equality groups, including intersectional identities. The Court is seeking to address under-representation in relation to racial diversity in particular.

The expected time commitment is a minimum of 12 - 14 days per year including attendance at four meetings of the Court per year and a willingness to serve on at least one sub-committee of Court. The position is unremunerated but reasonable expenses are paid.  The positions are tenable for a period of three years in the first instance.

Further information on the role, the person specification and the application process is available here

How to apply

While staff and students are not eligible for these appointments, we would welcome your suggestions of potential candidates who might have the skills and experience we seek or who can help enhance the diversity of our Court. Please forward any suggestions to our recruitment consultants Saxton Bampylde at

Applications should be submitted via Saxton Bampfylde using reference WVBZA by Noon, Friday 2 April 2021.

Further information is available from the Clerk to Court: