Non-Executive Member of Court

St Andrews, Fife
18 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

University of St Andrews

Office of the Principal

Appointment of Non-Executive Member of Court 

Reference no:  NEMC2018

The University of St Andrews, Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, has a strong international reputation for research and teaching excellence.

The Court, which is the University’s governing body, is seeking expressions of interest from highly-skilled individuals with experience of leadership in significant organisations, companies or Higher Education institutions to fill a forthcoming vacancy for a non-executive member. The appointment will be for an initial four-year period beginning 1 August 2018.

Applicants should be familiar with the demands of board-level governance and trusteeship, and have a keen interest in and awareness of the Higher Education sector.  Commercial, procurement, financial investment and project management experience are particularly desirable skills. Women, BME, and LGBT+ people are currently under-represented on Court. Expressions of interest from these groups are especially welcome.

Members of Court must be able to attend in person at least five meetings annually as well as participating in Court committees and working groups. They also play a visible role in key events in the University calendar, such as Graduation ceremonies. Non-executive Court members are not remunerated, but appropriate expenses are paid, and there are many rewards from contributing to the strategy and governance of one of Scotland's most respected institutions, and one of the world’s leading universities.

To express interest in this position, please complete the form available from the webpage at and submit it, together with a CV and supporting statement (of no more than 2,000 words), to Mr Alastair Merrill, Vice-Principal (Governance), University of St Andrews, College Gate, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AJ no later than 2 March 2018. 

Informal enquiries about the role may be made directly to Alastair Merrill at or by telephone on 01334 462553. 

Interviews with short-listed applicants will take place in April/May 2018.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

Please quote ref:      NEMC2018    

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532).