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Although the Court has limited powers within the University’s governance structure, it performs an important public role through its large and varied membership and it is the body through which the University maintains influential contact with the wider community.

It is required to meet at least once a year to receive a formal report on the University’s financial and broader performance. Each meeting is preceded by a tour or topical presentation relating to activities undertaken within the University and is followed by a buffet supper and wine reception which will provide networking opportunities for Court members.

Court is also consulted on the appointment of the University Chancellor.

Terms of Reference and Membership

Membership of the Court is extended to a wide range of people who have a common interest in furthering the development of the University. The current membership comprises representatives from many sectors of the community as well as the University’s senior managers and Council members.

The Court helps to ensure strong links with the City of Bradford and its surrounding region, with the University's communities of friends and supporters, and with diverse groups and organisations which share an interest in the University's work and life. The voluntary efforts of members are much valued and appreciated and help to make the University the vibrant community it is.

Members serve for a period of three years in the first instance with the potential to be re-appointed for a further two terms of three years in accordance with good governance practice.  The effectiveness of Court relies on the strong engagement of members and records of attendance will be maintained for periodic review.

The University Charter states that (Clause 10) ‘There shall be a Court of the University (‘the Court’) which, subject to the provisions of the Charter and Statutes, shall appoint the Chancellor and have the right to receive reports on the working of the University.’

Further information is defined in Clause 9 of the University Statute: 

Quorum rules

There shall be a quorum when 20 members are present.  In the absence of a quorum, no formal resolution may be passed, but informal recommendations for decisions may be made and ratified at a subsequent meeting.

Ex officio members

Ex officio members are members of the Court by virtue of their appointment within the University, they include:

  • The University Chancellor and Chair of Court
  • The Vice Chancellor
  • Chair of Council
  • Members of Council
  • Members of Executive Board

Such individuals retain their position on the Court for the period they hold the identified post or relevant membership. For Council members, membership will cease on expiry of the member’s term of office.

In the absence of the Chancellor, the event will be chaired by either the Vice Chancellor or Chair of Council.

Meeting Dates 2023-24

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Please contact for any questions or queries in advance of the event.

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