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University of the West of Scotland is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Court to succeed the current Chair, Dr Waiyin Hatton, from 1 February 2020. The process for the recruitment, election and appointment of our next Chair of Court is now underway and will be filled in line with the provisions of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016.

This will involve a 3 stage process:

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Election

The University Court has delegated responsibility to its Governance & Nominations Committee for oversight and management of the appointment of a new Chair of Court. The membership of the Governance & Nominations Committee is as follows:

  • 2 lay Governors (appointed by Court)
  • Chair of Court
  • Vice-Chair of Court
  • Staff member of Court
  • Student member of Court
  • Principal & Vice-Chancellor
  • Deputy Principal & Vice-Chancellor/Provost

Following consultation with all members of Court, students, staff and Trade Union Representatives, the Rules for the Appointment of the Chair of Court were approved by Court on 24th June 2019.

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About the role

The Court sets the University’s strategic direction and advances the University’s core purpose to change lives and encourage enterprise through progressive higher education. Court members are drawn from the external community, students and staff with a mixture of appointed and elected Governors reflecting a variety of skills, experience and interests.

This is an exciting time for the new Chair to work with UWS Principal, Professor Craig Mahoney, as the University implements its new Corporate Strategy 2020-2025, due to be launched in January 2020.

Candidates should have a track record of successful leadership at senior and strategic levels within a large, complex organisation and have a proven understanding of higher education. Extensive experience of corporate governance issues is essential and a demonstrable commitment to the work of UWS and to transforming the lives of its students is key to success. Interest is sought from suitably qualified candidates who are highly skilled communicators, able to represent the University internally and externally, promoting its interests with key stakeholders regionally, nationally and internationally. Full criteria for the role are outlined in the Chair of Court appointment pack.

Download the Appointment Pack (pdf)

The time commitment for the position is circa 50 days per year and applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have the capacity to fulfil this commitment.

Remuneration for the Chair of Court position is offered at the request of the person appointed - the governing body has agreed to pay a non-pensionable remuneration at a level of £16,350 per annum and appropriate expenses are paid.

As part of the responsibilities of the Chair and to build effective relationships with University colleagues, frequent attendance on campus will be required. Meetings and other events will be held at all campuses – Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire, London and Paisley – with the majority usually taking place in Paisley.

We welcome applications from communities underrepresented in chair and non-executive roles and will consider all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. We vary the times and locations of meetings to support the attendance of members of Court with different work-related or caring responsibilities.

The appointment will comprise a three-stage process of application, interview and election. If you think you match the profile of the role and are keen to share your expertise and experience, we would invite you to contact us for an initial discussion or apply direct (details below).

How to apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of the West of Scotland on this appointment.

Candidates should apply for this role through our website at, using code WAGANA.

Click on the ‘apply’ button and follow the instructions to upload a CV, cover letter and equal opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 16 September 2019.

Rules for the Appointment of Chair of Court

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This document sets out the rules that are in place for the appointment of the new UWS Chair of Court in accordance with the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016. It outlines the responsibilities of the Chair of Court and the relationship with the Governance & Nominations Committee as well as details of the election process and term in office.

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Last updated: 08/08/2019