Esther Roberton to depart as Senior Governor of University

Esther Roberton to depart as Senior Governor of University

Staff message issued October 28, 2020.

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that Esther Roberton has tendered her resignation as Senior Governor of the University, with effect from 31 December 2020.

Esther commenced her appointment on 1 April 2019, and over the last 18 months she has worked with Court, the University’s governing body, to support and progress a review of the University’s governance arrangements following reports by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

This work has led to an action plan which is being considered for approval by Court.

In her letter of resignation to Interim University Secretary Steve Cannon, she said:

“I am proud of what I have achieved in steering the University through the challenges of the past 18 months.

“It was already clear to me when I took up office that there was scope for significant improvement in the governance of the institution, a view underlined by the findings of both the SFC and OSCR Reports.

“The work I commissioned which has culminated in your report addresses all of those issues. The associated action plan when implemented will provide a much stronger governance infrastructure for the University in the years ahead.

“I believe I have taken this work as far as I can and that this is the right time for me to stand down. I wish you and the University well for the future in these challenging times.”

On behalf of the University I’d like to thank Esther for the positive contributions she has made to the life and work of the University and wish her every success in the future.

Court will consider interim arrangements that will help ensure an orderly transition of Esther’s departure at the end of the year, while we look to commence the formal process that will see the appointment of a new Senior Governor.

Best wishes,


George Boyne
Principal and Vice-Chancellor