The Court is the governing body of the University and is responsible for determining our overall strategic direction. It establishes the budgetary framework, appoints the head of the institution and oversees the University’s performance and development.
The Court of Edinburgh Napier University was constituted in 1993 by Statutory Instrument (as amended by the Edinburgh Napier University Amendement Order of Council 2018).
Court's responsibilities include:
The full Statement of Primary Responsibilities of the University Court is published on the University's intranet site.
- approving the University Strategy and monitoring performance against it
- approval of budgets, monitoring of financial performance and presentation of audited financial statements for each financial year
- ensuring the University complies with the requirements of the Combined Code and subsequent codes of Corporate Governance
- ensuring an effective system of internal control
- overseeing the strategic and reputational risks facing the University
- ensuring that statutory requirements for health and safety, equality and diversity, and other areas are met
- the appointment and, if necessary, dismissal of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, the University Secretary, and any Vice-Principals and Assistant Principals
The Court normally meets four times per year, as well as an annual strategy event with the University senior management team.
The Court has a number of standing committees, some of which have sub-committees. In addition, it establishes working groups and other bodies from time to time, charged with specific and time-limited tasks.
The Constitution of Court defined 10 categories of membership. These are shown below, along with the names of those members who currently fall into each category.
(a) the Chair of Court, being the person appointed by the Court to the position of senior lay member by virtue of section 8 of the 2016 Act
The Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE
(b) one person appointed by being nominated by the Chancellor to act as Assessor to the Chancellor
The Right Hon Lord Philip Brodie
(c) The Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Andrea Nolan
(d) one Vice-Principal, appointed by being nominated by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Professor Alistair Sambell
(e) one person appointed by being elected by the Academic Board from among the members of the academic staff of the University who are members of that Board
Professor Alison McCleery
(f) two persons appointed by being elected by the staff of the University from among their own number
Mr Stewart Walls (Non-Academic Staff)
Dr Holly Patrick (Academic Staff)
(g) one person appointed by being nominated by a trade union from among the academic staff of the University who are members of a branch of a trade union that has a connection with the University
Dr Carles Ibanez
(h) one person appointed by being nominated by a trade union from among the support staff of the University who are members of a branch of a trade union that has a connection with the University
Mr Grant Cullen
(i) two persons appointed by being nominated by the Students’ Association of the University from among the students of the University
Mr Jon Fraser (President)
Ms Ashley McLean (Vice President (Reps & Volunteers))
(j) such other persons appointed by the Court in accordance with its rules and procedures with the aim of the membership of the Court having a broad range of skills and experience being not less than 12 and not more than 14 persons as the Court may from time to time determine
Mr Ralph Adams
Mr Neil Ballantyne
Mrs June Boyle
Mr Stephen Brannan
Ms Joanne Brown
Mr Charles Guest
Mr Robert Hare
Dr Shainool Jiwa
Dr Stephen Moir
Ms Elizabeth Partyka
Mrs Gwyneth Scholefield
Professor Adrienne Scullion
Mr Neil Woodcock
Professor Lesley Yellowlees