Recruitment of Senior Governor and Independent Members of Court

Recruitment of Senior Governor and Independent Members of Court

The processes for the recruitment of the University’s next Senior Governor and for the appointment of new independent members of the Court have commenced and the University would welcome your help to attract a strong and diverse field of candidates.  The appointment of the Senior Governor will be decided by staff and students through an election in May. While staff and students are not eligible for these roles, your nominations of individuals who might be suitable candidates and inclusion networks which we might use to promote the vacancies would be very welcome.  Please forward any suggestions to our recruitment consultants Saxton Bampfylde at aberdeen@saxbam.comThe closing date for formal applications for the positions is Friday 2 April at 12 noon.

Further details and the relevant criteria for both roles are available via the following links but a short summary of the process for the recruitment and election of the Senior Governor is provided further below. 

Senior Governor:https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/strategy-and-governance/senior-governor-recruitment-1373.php

Independent Members: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/strategy-and-governance/court-recruitment-812.php.

Senior Governor Recruitment and Election

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 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. Following interview, those who are confirmed as meeting the criteria will be entitled to stand in an election in which students, staff and members of the Court will vote.  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, as the process moves towards the election phase.

For further information contact the Clerk to Court, Bruce Purdon, b.purdon@abdn.ac.uk

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