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University Court

The University Court is the governing body of the University. The Court has overall responsibility for the governance of the University, including all aspects of strategic planning and the management of resources — financial, human and physical. This responsibility comes via Acts of Parliament, which give the Court authority over all of the University’s property and revenues, as well as the power to review the decisions of the Senate.

The University Court meets in St Andrews on a quarterly basis. Minutes from Court meetings are publicly available after each meeting. The Universities (Scotland) Acts, 1858-1966, and ordinances and resolutions made in accordance with these acts, regulate the present constitution and government of the University, and are outlined in the ordinances and resolutions section.

New Court Members Appointed

Three new members have been appointed to the University Court to replace those members who demitted office on 31 December 2020. The new members took up office on 1 January 2021 and will attend their first meeting of Court on 22 January 2021. This will also be the first Court meeting attended by the new Rector and Rector’s Assessor.

  • Iain Anderson General Council Assessor
  • Lord Duncan of Springbank, Non-executive member
  • Jenny Stewart , Non-executive member

Further details can be found via the Members of Court webpage.

The University Court has a number of standing committees:

  • audit and risk committee (including academic, University ethics and health and safety assurance groups)
  • governance and nominations committee
  • planning and resources committee (including the investment and treasury assurance group)
  • remuneration committee
  • superannuation and life assurance scheme.