The process for the recruitment, election and appointment of our next Senior Governor is underway.

The Senior Governor undertakes a critical role in the governance of our University. They are responsible for the leadership of Court, for its effectiveness, for its conduct and for ensuring the University is well connected with its internal and external stakeholders, including its students and staff. As such, the Senior Governor also has a key role as the link between Court and the Senior Management Team. It is important, therefore, to ensure that we attract candidates who are well-equipped with the skills, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to lead our Court as we continue to shape the future success of the University.

The process for appointing the Senior Governor is largely determined by the requirements of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016. The first phase of the process is similar although not identical to a staff recruitment process and the second phase involves an election.

In the first phase, those who apply in response to the advertisement and who meet the criteria will be interviewed. It is not, however, a selective process. Following interview, those who are confirmed as meeting the criteria will be entitled to stand for election by students, staff and members of the Court.

The election is expected to take place during 5 - 7 May 2021. Further details on the election, the candidates and how to vote, will be shared with staff and students, including on this page, as the process progresses.

Full details of the role and relevant criteria, advertisement and process, are available here. While staff and students are not eligible for the role, we would welcome your suggestions of potential candidates who might have the skills and experience to lead our Court.

Please forward any suggestions to our recruitment consultants Saxton Bampfylde at
aberdeen@saxbam.com. The closing date for formal applications for the position is Friday 2 April at Noon.

The recruitment and election process is overseen by a sub-committee of the Court which includes independent members of the Court, student and staff members of Court and members of Senate. Further information on the role and membership of the committee is available here.


Key Dates

  • Applications Close – 2 April 2021 at Noon
  • Interviews - expected to be week commencing 19 April.
  • Open Meetings with students and staff for candidates in the Election – Tuesday 4 May 2021
  • Election – Wednesday 5 May to Friday 7 May 2021 (inclusive)

Further Information on the Court

Further information about the Court, its role, composition and membership, governance structure and the respective roles of the Senior Governor and Rector, is available here.