2019 Chair of University Court Appointment

Closing date: 1 December 2019

Date posted

14 October 2019


Edinburgh Napier University is seeking to appoint a new Chair of its governing body, the University Court, to take up post in August 2020.  

With over 19,000 students and 1,500 staff, Edinburgh Napier University is a leading, modern university with a reputation and impact that stretches far beyond our shores. We are an inclusive University with strong links to industry and are clear that it is our 'applied' focus that sets us apart. Our strategy is set around four key pillars of growing our academic reputation, delivering an excellent personalised student experience, internationalising our work and building innovation, enterprise and citizenship. 

The Chair is responsible for the leadership and effectiveness of the Court and, together with the Court and the Principal, will help shape the University’s strategic direction and oversee its performance, ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance in accordance with the provisions of the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.

The Candidate:

§  A senior figure with substantial experience of chairing senior bodies and working alongside Chief Executives, gained within large, complex organisations in the private, public or third sectors;

§  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to represent the University externally and to establish good working relationships with other members of Court, the Principal and members of the University Executive;

§  Personal affinity with higher education and empathy with the values, aims and objectives of Edinburgh Napier University, underpinned by an appreciation of the principles and effective implementation of good corporate governance.

The University is committed to achieving a diverse governing body and welcomes applications from all suitably experienced individuals, particularly those who would further enhance its diversity. 

In accordance with the Higher Education (Governance) Scotland Act 2016, the appointment process will involve an interview, with suitable candidates subsequently standing for election by staff, students and Court members of the University.

The Chair is entitled to non-pensionable remuneration of £20,000 per annum fixed for the initial 4 year appointment term and reviewed at the commencement of a second term. The Chair is eligible to claim travel and other incidental expenses related to the conduct of Court business and in accordance with the University’s financial regulations.


The University shall reimburse reasonable expenses incurred by candidates in connection with the application and appointment process.

Supporting information and documentation relevant to the appointment is available here. The Further Particulars provide full details on how to apply, the appointment process, information on the role, selection criteria and terms of appointment.    

Closing date: 1 December 2019