The University Court determines the overall strategic direction of the institution. It establishes the budgetary framework, appoints the head of the University and has general oversight over its performance and development.
The Principal, on the other hand, is responsible for the executive management of the University and its day-to-day direction.
Chairman of Court
The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE
The Chairman of Court is responsible for leadership of the governing body. He promotes its wellbeing and efficient operation, making sure that members work together effectively and have confidence in the procedures that have been laid down for the conduct of business.
The Chancellor of the University is the titular head of the institution and confers degrees and other awards of the University.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Andrea Nolan OBE
The Principal is Chief Executive of the institution and the chief representative of the University externally. She leads the development and implementation of the Academic Strategy of the University and as such chairs the Academic Board and the Principal's Executive Group among other bodies.
The Principal also leads the University Development Campaign and is also designated as the Accounting Officer by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.
Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Alistair Sambell
Dr Gerry Webber
The University Secretary has a key role to play in the operation and conduct of the Court, and in ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed.
Dr Sandra Cairncross - Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries
Mr Iain McIntosh - Health, Social Sciences
Life and Social Sciences
Professor George Stonehouse - Business School