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University Court

The University Court is the governing body of the University, established by the University of the West of Scotland (Amendment to the University of Paisley Order of Council 1993) Order of Council 2015. The Court collectively determines the future direction of the University, monitors performance and aims to foster an environment in which the institution’s strategic aims are achieved and students succeed.

The Court has wide ranging powers, in particular relating to the strategic direction of the University and the execution of the University’s financial responsibilities. The Court has delegated powers related to purely academic matters to the Senate.

In executing its powers Court has a particular duty to observe the highest standards of corporate governance and Court members commit to conducting themselves in accordance with the accepted standards of behaviour in public life.

The membership of Court comprises a majority of lay members with ex-officio and elected staff and student members. The University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity (SC002520) and therefore Court members are also Charitable Trustees.

Statement of Primary Responsibilities of Court

  • To approve the mission and strategic vision of the University, long-term business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and annual budgets, and to ensure that these have due regard to the interests of stakeholders.
  • To appoint the Principal as Chief Executive Officer of the University and put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance. Both the appointment and the monitoring of performance of the Principal shall include consultation with all members of Court.
  • To ensure the quality of Institutional educational provision.
  • To ensure adherence to the funding requirements specified by the Scottish Funding Council in its Financial Memorandum and other funding documents.
  • To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, clear procedures for handling internal grievances and “whistleblowing” complaints, and for managing conflicts of interest.
  • To monitor institutional performance against plans and approved KPIs which, where possible and appropriate, should be benchmarked against other comparable institutions


Any queries in relation to the University Court should be directed to:

Donna McMillan, Secretary to Court,, 0141 848 3677

Alison Loudon, Assistant Secretary to Court,, 0141 848 3917

Sharon Cosh, Governance Support Co-ordinator,, 0141 848 3703

Last updated: 01/08/2017